Skippers Seafood & Chowder House

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TypeIndependent, nonexclusive, site specific licensees
IndustryFast food, seafood, licensing, retail
Founded1969; 54 years ago (1969) in Bellevue, Washington, USA
All Skippers intellectual property and rights were acquired in 2022 by Harbor Wholesale in Washington State.
ProductsFast food seafood including halibut, salmon, fish and chips, shrimp, prawns, oysters, clams, clam chowder, French fries and hush puppies, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, coleslaw dressing
ParentHarbor Wholesale
Skippers sign in Pocatello, Idaho. This location has since closed.

Skippers Seafood & Chowder House is a group of independently owned and operated locations licensed by Harbor Wholesale. There are currently licensed Skippers restaurants operating in Washington. Skippers also produces retail sizes and industrial sizes of Skippers clam chowder, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, and coleslaw dressing. The retail items are sold in grocery stores, convenience stores and over the Internet. There are over 50 Skippers fleet locations operating under limited license agreements with Harbor Wholesale.

Skippers and the Pacific Northwest Coast is known for great seafood. For over half a century, Skippers has been bringing the fresh seafood and quick service of traditional coastal fish & chip huts to the greater Pacific Northwest region and beyond. With the seafood sourced and processed right here in the Pacific Northwest, they are keeping true to the local roots. There are no extra links in the supply chain. This benefits the local economies, but it also means the products are more sustainable, have fewer environmental impacts, and tastes better.


Skippers was founded by Herb Rosen in Bellevue, Washington, in 1969, at which time Skippers began serving fried fish, prawns, scallops and clams, as well as chowders. Its corporate headquarters was eventually moved to Edmonds, where it stayed for many years until moving to SeaTac shortly before the original Skippers, Inc. was dissolved in 2007 and the Skippers brand was sold to new ownership.

Skippers experienced rapid growth during the 1970s as new restaurants were opened in several western states and British Columbia, Canada. In 1989, Kansas-based NPC International purchased Skippers, Inc., closing some restaurants.[1] NPC operated Skippers until 1995, when it was purchased by Meridian Capital and from 1995 through 2002, the Skippers management team introduced a line of grilled entrees, including grilled wild caught salmon, halibut, and chicken.

In late 2002, Skippers was purchased by a group of Pacific Northwest investors although this venture was short-lived. New logos and new products were introduced in the spring of 2003, and again in 2007. As of 2007, there were Skippers stores operating in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

On December 12, 2006, Skippers, Inc., filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. Court in Seattle in an organizational restructuring. The restructuring failed, and Skippers, Inc., was liquidated on June 29, 2007. Of the 58 stores remaining after Skippers initially filed for bankruptcy, approximately 14 were sold to various individuals and corporate interests through limited license agreements. When the sales of individual units and closures were finalized, Skippers, Inc., ceased to exist as a corporation.

Starway Restaurants acquired all of the intellectual property of Skippers Seafood & Chowder in late 2007 and formed a partnership in 2013 with Harbor Wholesale to create the "Go Fleet" locations. Starway eventually sold the intellectual property to Harbor Wholesale at the beginning of 2022. As of October 2022, there are five conventional Skippers restaurants known as "Ships of the Line" in operation in Washington. Skippers also offers a limited number of menu items in "Go Fleet" locations typically found in convenience stores and supermarkets.

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