About Us

It all started with a passion for what the founders of Mr. Bill's Fresh Seafood thought to be the most incredibly sweet, delicious, and such an amazingly flavorful creature created by nature. There are no accolades too great for the taste of a blue crab!

Mr. Bill's Fresh Seafood of Lancaster, Pa was borne out of Mr. Bill's Crab Pot which was established in 1973 by businessmen Bill Towson and Don Myers, from York County. Seasonally, they offered a simple and delicious line of live and steamed blue crabs, and one size of clam and shrimp.

In 1981, with an ever growing demand and encouragement from a very loyal and satisfied customer base, the decision was made to expand into a broad line of live, fresh, and frozen seafood for both retail and wholesale. At that time, with 7 years experience as an employee and a degree in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College, Tim Glatfelter was invited to be a business partner to diversify, manage and operate what became Mr. Bill's Fresh Seafood.

Today, Tim, who refers to blue crabs as being "Candy from the Bay" and comments "Every time I eat one of our blue crabs, I just can't believe how over the top delicious they are!", is very passionate about providing only the best products to Mr. Bill's Fresh Seafood customers. Welcome to the world of outstanding seafood!


1973: Opened in Lancaster selling blue crabs steamed to order with our own special spice.

1981: Mr. Bill's Crab Pot becomes Mr. Bill's™ Fresh Seafood by diversifying into a broad line of fresh and frozen seafood serving retail and wholesale customers. All filleting and steaming done on location.

1998: Researched modern steaming techniques to develop a cutting edge steaming device to be able to increase steaming capacity to over 200 bushels of crabs a day.

2008: Birth of the Mr. Bill's "Crab Feast to Go". Voted Favorite Place to Buy Seafood 7 years in a row in Lancaster Newspaper's Readers Choice Awards!

2011: Mr. Bill's Fresh Seafood market stand at the iconic Lancaster Central Market.

Looking to the future...

  • Blue Crabs by the Bushel
  • Blue Crabs by the Dozen
  • Blue Crabs by the Half Bushel
  • Canadian Snow Crab
  • Crab Cakes
  • Crab Meat
  • Lobster Tails
  • Shrimp
  • Spices, Sauces, and More!

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  • Address: 430 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster PA 17603-2827
    Phone: (717) 299-2791 - Email: info@mrbillsseafood.com
    Mr. Bill's Store Hours:
    Monday-Thursday: 11am-6pm      Friday-Saturday: 9am-7pm      Sunday: 11am-6pm

    Central Market Hours:
    Tuesday & Friday: 6am-4pm      Saturday: 6am-2pm

    Fat Crab Cafe Hours:
    Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-7pm      Sunday: 11:30am-5pm      Monday: Closed