Modica Market: A marriage made in grocery heaven (Photos)

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 08:01 AM.

The Modicas opened Modica Market on the bottom floor of the Holl Building in 1989.

"We were thinking it would just be a little neighborhood store," says Sarah, "but, Robert took us to New York and introduced us to Dean & DeLuca's high-end gourmet grocery, and Balducci's, which is so unique and jammed full of merchandise in a small space. It was a gourmet style that we were not familiar with living in small-town Alabama . He knew what he wanted. So, using those as our models, we just jumped in and started."

The market is now an iconic anchor in the town and is a place not only Seaside homeowners shop, but also visitors who make their first stop at Seaside a visit to Modica Market, where they find the culinary options in the gourmet realm and the Modicas always present to extend a hospitable welcome and call you by name.

Charlie and Sarah worked side by side all of their married life.

Charlie Sr. passed away in 2010, and Sarah is not in the store as much as she used to be, but the legend goes on.

Daughter Carmel and Charles Jr. now oversee the running of the market. However, Charles has worked there all of his adult life. Carmel can often be found running the register, and a third generation has come onboard with the addition of grandson Michael Bridges.

With the market's successful concept and name, the family has been invited several times to open stores at other locations.

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