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Here is a link to Schuylkill County’s Parcel locator page about this property:
http://gis.co.schuylkill.pa.us/mapviewercontent/cama.asp?id=82837
It lists the property address as 0 South Railroad Street. It also lists Richard Lisiura of Clifton, New Jersey as the owner since November 2006. Estimated year built was 1900.
A sign on the side shows that it is for rent. 973-563-3285, 862-668-7768.
– Kathy Semko said on Facebook, “Known as the old “Anchor Deep”. They sold seafood and great fried chicken.”
– Joan M. Stoudt said on Facebook, “Best platters and fresh fish. I also believe it housed a factory upstairs – Sprite Manufacturing.”
– George Geissinger said on Facebook, “There was a dance/band place TamAGoGo.”
– Eleanor Billig said on Facebook, “Leiby’s had a cold storage there I believe… a factory was in the upper floor at one time ..last knew car garage parking on top floor..but best was the Archor Deep..if someone could open another Anchor Deep type restaurant in Tamaqua, well there’s some good eatin’ back in town.”
– Scott Konsavage said on Facebook, “The old Anchor Deep was on the bottom floor what a great place to eat growing up there was a factory on the second floor.That was back in the 60’s and 70’s.”
– Tony Jesmond said on Facebook, “Believe they sold blocks of ice there in the 50’s.”
– Mary Louise Fulmer Zimmerman said on Facebook, “For many years prior to the building becoming the Anchor Deep, this structure was a cold storage for the company my dad – Jerome Fulmer and Bernie Yorke worked for. It was called the National Yeast Company and it stored yeast, egg whites and other perishable baking products. I used to love going there with my dad on a hot summer day.”
– Rosey Kerestus Stianche said on Facebook, “It was a factory on the top floor called Sprite it was owned I believe Dottie Bubel father. Bottom floor was Anchor Deep. I used to enjoy their stuffed shrimp platter. On the side I think they sold ice. They did have dances there and it was the battles of the bands. The gentleman that hosted on Atlantic City Boardwalk came up and was MC that night.”
– Chris Reed said on Facebook, “I remember a garment factory on the second floor. I was a presser there. Anchor Deep seafood was on the first floor. That was in the 70’s.”
– Mark Keip submitted on Facebook, “Kenneth was active at the dairy and restaurant in many capacities during those years. He and his wife Gloria owned the business known as Anchor Deep situated on Spruce Street in Tamaqua where they operated a popular seafood store as well as a refrigeration and storage facility for many years. Kenneth and Gloria Zimmerman who had Leibys also owned it. Some Postupaks had it during the 70s.”
– Patti Postupack Borger said on Facebook, “Here is some of the building’s history. In the 50’s and 60’s, and at least some of the 70’s, this building was owned by Cyril and Jean Wagner , also owners of the Harrisburg Daily Market. The Tamaqua location operated as a cold storage unit rental, and potato packaging warehouse. My Father, Ted Postupack, managed this business for the Wagners, my Mother worked in the office. Our families were also personal friends. We would often visit the Wagner home in Harrisburg, and the Wagners would even visit my grandmother Mary Postupack in Weatherly. Many Tamaqua men worked at this potato processing operation…though I was a little girl, I still remember many of the men’s names. As time passed, the potato business in Pa., and the East coast, was being met with competition from other areas of the country, and The Wagner family, including their son Dude, and my parents spent hours discussing the future of the business. The idea of a take out food business was decided upon, and that business would bring both fresh and prepared seafood options to the area ( and later Honey Dipt fried chicken). Many names for the business were ‘tossed about’, and Mr. Wagner and my Mom Ella finally came up with the best sound – and ANCHOR DEEP was born. This would have been in approx. 1964. My parents managed this business, along with the Wagners, who came from Harrisburg every Friday to work at the business, until app. 1970. During this same time period, we also had a second location in Weatherly. So many local woman worked here for my parents, and some local men, too- but most of them were teenagers – some of these people I still see today. In approx. 1970, Linda, Margie and Dude’s oldest daughter, and her husband Rich, assumed management of Anchor Deep. I cannot remember their last name, but it appears that their grandson is one of the people posting in these comments. I know the business changed hands a few times after that, but I do not know what happened beyond what I mentioned here.” She added that the Bubels had the factory upstairs.
– Susan Bannan Estevez said on Facebook, “In the summer of 1977 I worked in the “Clothing Factory” upstairs from the Anchor Deep. I remember when Elvis died that August, and all of the sewing machines went quiet and everyone started crying.”
– Nicholas Ofak said on Facebook, “Wow! This link was just sent to me from my first and oldest friend Donald Sadusky. It is all coming back. My family owned Anchor Deep in the 70’s and early 80’s. We also owned two other stores in neighboring towns. We sold fresh and frozen seafood and some produce, seafood platters, fried chicken, french fries, etc. There was a sewing factory upstairs and car parking/storage space in the back. My mom and dad sold it in the early 80’s and we moved to Harrisburg. I believe they kept the name.”
– Patricia Hertzig-Burdick said on Facebook, “At one time it was a potato factory owned by the Post packs, then was called the Anchor Deep they sold the best chicken platters and sold seafood, then around the back was a factory owned by Dottie Bubbles dad called sprites.”
– Glenn Schoener said on Facebook, “During the late fifty’s and early sixty’s the first floor was a cold storage facility. I worked there unloading tractor trailers of 100 pound sacks of potatoes. We would then repackage the potatoes into 5 and 10 pound bags to be distributed to local supermarkets. And of course, who could forget “the Anchor Deep”. Best seafood distributer in the area. Especially the crab cakes.”


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