Toshua Parker

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Layne Toshua Parker
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
  • Brophy College Preparatory
  • University of Alaska Southeast
Known forFounder of ToshCo
Spouse(s)Cassia Parker

Layne Toshua Parker is an American entrepreneur most notable for founding ToshCo,[1] an independent grocery and fuel chain founded in Gustavus, Alaska and supplying the town of Gustavus with groceries during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic after the town was cut off.[2][3] Parker, who goes by the nickname "Tosh was a real estate investor and President of the U.S. Land Company[4] prior to the 2008 financial crash.[5] After returning to Alaska in 2009, he was briefly homeless before opening an independant grocery store which became known as ToshCo.[6][7] In 2020 Parker gained national notoriety for his efforts to keep Gustavus supplied during the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdown of State Ferry service to Gustavus.[8] Today ToshCo has multiple locations across Southeast Alaska.


Parker attended Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona and University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska.[7] While at University, Parker developed a website to entrap Nigerian scammers purveying an online advanced payment scam which was later subject of the short story and adapted screenplay The Nigerian Prince.[9]

In popular culture

Parker was featured in an episode of Returning The Favor with Mike Rowe in 2020.[10]

Personal life

Parker is married to Cassia Parker. He is a 4th generation Alaskan who's great-grandfather came to the State in the 1898 gold rush and was one of the original homesteaders of Gustavus, Alaska.[11][6] Many of the local streets, attractions and geography are named after the Parker family including Mount Parker in Glacier Bay National Park.[12]

Political Activism

In 2005, Parker collaborated with the Alaska Governor, Frank Murkowski in a joint effort to steer Glacier Bay National Park Vessel Management policies.[13] Parker and Murkowski's battle occurred in conjunction with a landmark U.S Supreme Court lawsuit between the State of Alaska and Federal Government which was later decided in favor of the Federal Government.[14]

Toshua Parker in the Media



  1. Hsieh, Jeremy (March 28, 2019). "Does Juneau really have the smallest Costco in the world?". KTOO. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  2. Elassar, Alaa (May 17, 2020). "This Alaskan man is making a 14-hour boat trip to Costco every week to supply his small city with groceries amid the pandemic". CNN. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  3. "When COVID-19 cut off supplies to a remote Alaska town, a hometown hero stepped up". CBS This Morning. June 9, 2020. {{cite web}}: Unknown parameter |network= ignored (help)
  4. Parker, Layne. "Linkedin".
  5. SCHWARTZ, ELAINE (May 15, 2020). "A Tale of Two Grocers". Econlife. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Senator Bill Bradley. "14 hours to get supplies; plus, Phyllis Grant and the joy of making jam". SiriusXM.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Kim Komando. "Feeding a remote Alaskan town during the pandemic". WestStar Multimedia Entertainment.
  8. Bowman, Emma (May 13, 2020). "14 Hours And A Costco Card: How A Grocer In Alaska Feeds His Town In A Pandemic". National Public Radio. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  9. The Nigerian Prince. 2016.
  10. "Returning the Favor". IMDB. June 1, 2020.
  11. Phu, Lisa (June 20, 2014). "Gustavus to celebrate 100 years of pioneer spirit". KTOO.
  12. "(Map)". Retrieved 29 September 2020. {{cite web}}: Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  13. Volz, Matt (October 21, 2005). "A freeze on cruise ships in Alaska's Glacier Bay". Seattle Times.
  14. State of Alaska Department of Law (June 6, 2005). "U.S. Supreme Court Decision Clarifies Submerged Land Title Issues in Southeast Alaska" (Press release). Alaska. State of Alaska. Retrieved 2020-10-02.

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