CATALANO’S Seafood in Bassendean will open up about the family business as part of the Town of Bassendean’s Festival of Local Business in June.
The award-winning business, run by Nick and Paul Catalano, Nick’s sons David, Andrew and Josh and brother-in-law Mark Lupica, is celebrating its 50th year anniversary this year.
It produces the best quality fish and seafood from Australia and around the world through wholesale and sales at five company-owned retail stores and 11 franchise stores located in IGA supermarkets across WA.
Catalano’s will be holding a free seafood tour featuring a presentation, cooking samples and display for residents on June 13, from 11am to 12.30pm.
Nick Catalano, the managing director, said the business had developed over time and it now aimed to grow the franchises on a national and international level.
“We were the first people to do packaged fish and now you see it at IGA,” he said.
“We come from an Italian background.
“There is a work ethic that is all about establishing the backbone of the family.
“It is pretty natural that children fall into line in those days in particular and stay in the family business.
“We are transitioning our business from a hands-on family business to more of a corporate structure.”
To celebrate the anniversary, operations manager David said there have been promotions for retail customers and there would be more birthday celebrations during the summer season.
Mayor Renee McLennan said the festival drew inspiration from the motto, ‘inspired by locals, presented by locals, hosted by locals’.
The panel discussions, tours and talks are designed to help new businesses.
There will be a pitch competition with a grand prize of $20,000 worth of business tools, services and retail space up for grabs.
The festival will be held at eight venues from June 11 to 16.