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Raleigh seafood market gets permit to repair tornado damage

Posted May 27, 2011

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— City officials approved a special permit Thursday to help a landmark south Raleigh seafood market reopen after being severely damaged in the April 16 tornadoes.

Earp's Seafood Market on South Saunders Street was condemned after the April 16 storm. The owner faced large expenses to bring a new building, existing driveways, sidewalks and landscaping up to current building codes.

The Raleigh Board of Adjustment granted a special use permit allowing the owner to just make minor repairs to sidewalks, driveways and landscaping. The new building will have to meet current building standards.

Owner Nancy Earp Salmon hopes to have the seafood market reopened in September.

The business was covered by insurance, which has helped pay the five employees while the store is rebuilt.

Salmon's parents opened Earp's Seafood Market 43 years ago, and it has gained local fame for its flounder fillets.


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  • superman May 27, 2011

    Great place. I went there a couple years ago and she gave me a jar of homemade jelly she made. I have been going there for a long long time. The only thing --I noticed that it always had a strong fish smell! Looking forward to your being open and in business again. Finally the city has done something good that we can compliment them on.

  • DahlingBella May 27, 2011

    YAY!!! Earp's will be back!!!

  • GWALLY May 27, 2011

    AMAZING...the government actually deviated from "rules and regulations" and used some good ol' common decency and common sense to make a decision and the world did NOT come to and end.....I am SHOCKED and AMAZED....(we got to get to the bottom of this before it becomes the norm)....!!!!!

  • milletar May 27, 2011

    My husband and I have a great fondness for Earp's and especially "Ms Earp" (whom we miss seeing). DH had tears in his eyes when he relayed to me the GREAT news that Earp's Seafood Market would be rebuilt!

  • ladyjade44 May 27, 2011

    So glad to know Earp's will be opening again soon!

  • happy2.0 May 27, 2011

    Can't wait for it to reopen!

  • luv2surffish2 May 27, 2011

    good cause no room for sidewalks or landscaping... just parking
    great place good folks


    WOW government did something right!!!

  • jollyrogered May 27, 2011

    Yay for Earps. They are such great people, and such a little treasure!

  • MilkandPepsi2 May 27, 2011

    I'm glad that it's re-opening. I love Earp's!