Gulf Coast Connection opens shop in Lone Oak

Good news for local seafood lovers! A crew of gulf coast natives, with ties to this area, are bringing fresh seafood to Paducah weekly.  After selling fresh seafood out of a truck for a year or so, Gulf Coast Connection opened a shop about a month ago in Lone Oak.  So far, the owners say business has been pretty good.

A refrigerated truck is loaded down with fresh seafood.

"Our oysters we caught them Tuesday, shucked Wednesday at lunch, and they were up here 3 o’clock Thursday morning," said co-owner Barry Collier.

Seafood straight from the Gulf of Mexico.

"These are all the highest grades you can get, they are all over a half pound, that’s solid," said Collier.

Collier started fishing years ago.

"This is what I’ve done all my life. The day I turned 19, I ran my own boat," Collier explains.

His passion turned into a business.

"You hear people talk about seafood, I’ve always told myself why can’t I bring it. Now we go through 2,000 to 3,000 pounds a week, and deliver 8,000 pounds a week," said Collier.

They drive their haul 600 miles from Alabama to Paducah and open their shop, Gulf Coast Connection, Thursday through Sunday.

"The truck only holds 10,000 pounds and we have to take two trips a week," said Collier.

Sunday night they drive back to the gulf and start again.

"I love it. After a 14 hour day, it’s like I didn’t even work. I really do, I enjoy people, dealing with seafood. It’s long and I’m tired at the end of the day, but it doesn’t feel like work," said Collier.

A crew of people and one truck make your connection to the ocean.

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