A local seafood market is experiencing some growing pains — or more likely enthusiasm for the adventures ahead.

Part owner Kendall Delano Jr. recently shared some of his goals for the family business. Seafood has been a family tradition since 1984, when Kendall Delano Sr. operated his wholesale and retail clamming business in Friendship.

In the late '90s, young Kendall started a seafood business across the street from the Irving gas station on Atlantic Highway, but found juggling lobster fishing and running a store a challenge.

In 2005, Delano's Seafood came to its current location at 2090 Atlantic Highway in Waldoboro. Parents Kendall Sr. and Roberta run the market, while Kendall Jr. hauls his traps year-round aboard his boat, Northern Pride.

Now he has big plans for the market, including offering a variety of different seafood specials, the possibility of adding turf to the offerings, as well as expanding a takeout area.

"A lot of people from away thought we were a takeout place," Kendall Jr. said.

And there is plenty of land to expand on the 5-acre parcel of property.

Delano recently added to the market's offerings with a variety of appetizers like stuffed clams, crab cakes and chowders.

He also stocks lobster potpies and lobster-stuffed potatoes — all made in Maine.

Along with the fresh, frozen or refrigerated products, the shelves are stocked with condiments, smoked fish, canned chowders, and lots of stuff to go along with the seafood experience.

Last winter, Delano's was one of the very few markets to receive fresh Maine shrimp from a supplier who had one of the test boats permitted by the Department of Marine Resources.

"It worked out great," Kendall Jr. said. "It was first come, first serve and people were lined up down the highway."

He was amazed people were willing to pay the $8 per pound — when it used to be no more than $1 when the shrimp were readily available.

As he's not certain that will happen again this winter, Kendall offers about 10 selections of shrimp of all sizes from Maine, Canada and gulf shrimp from the Louisiana area.

Kendall has enjoyed the following he has gained on social media, especially on Facebook. He recently polled his followers to see whether, if he did offer crabmeat and lobster rolls, which roll would they prefer — hamburger or hotdog.

"It was about 50/50," he said, but many simply responded they had no preference — they just wanted the seafood.

He did admit the best lobster roll he has ever had was from Red's Eats in Wiscasset, confirming the line tourists and locals alike stand in is worth the wait.

"It was awesome," he said.

With the beginning of the scallop season the week of Dec. 4, Delano noted the market has also started carrying smoked bacon from Barstow Farms.

"Scallops and bacon! YUM!" Kendall posted on Facebook to entice business.

And most recently, Delano has begun taking orders for cooked lobsters, and will keep cooked lobsters for sale in the display case.

"It's not big enough," Kendall said of the market area, as he looked around envisioning his plan — with an enthusiastic smile on his face.

Delano's Seafood will hold its annual Christmas Open House Saturday, Dec. 16, offering specials.

The market is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays until 4 p.m.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.