Benton needs a butcher shop

Benton needs a butcher shop

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btown resident

United States

#1 Jan 25, 2012
What do you all think? The best meat IMO available in Benton in from Save a lot (and that's not saying much). I REFUSE to buy meat from Wal Mart as it is too disgusting for words. I don't mind driving to Krogers in WF/Marion but it still isn't that much better than Save a Lot. I would LOVE to have a local butcher shop in Benton. I realize that the meat would be a little bit more expensive than at a grocery store but wouldn't good quality meat be worth it? Wouldn't it be worth having a butcher right there and have him cut the meat to your specifications and be there to give advice on what cuts are best for grilling/roasting etc? What does everyone think?
Benton

Carterville, IL

#2 Jan 25, 2012
Benton does need a good meat shop!!!!
btown resident

United States

#3 Jan 25, 2012
The reason i'm posting this question is bc I'm thinking of asking a few friends if they want to go in with me on this and open one up. But, I don't want to invest the time and money if no one is interested in the idea or if everyone is happy with the selection we already have in the area. All input is welcome and appreciated on the subject!!
jn

United States

#4 Jan 25, 2012
I have thought this many of times. But I am a butcher that hates Walmart meats and Kroger doesn't even have that good of cuts offered. I would Love to go somewhere that u can order a certain steak and a certain thickness. Yes the meat will guaranteed be more expensive and health department has alot more regulations on a small shop compared to a big chain grocery store that just has a small meat department. You just really gotta do the homework and know how to cut the meat and be really great at marketing
goodinfo

United States

#5 Jan 25, 2012
jn wrote:
I have thought this many of times. But I am a butcher that hates Walmart meats and Kroger doesn't even have that good of cuts offered. I would Love to go somewhere that u can order a certain steak and a certain thickness. Yes the meat will guaranteed be more expensive and health department has alot more regulations on a small shop compared to a big chain grocery store that just has a small meat department. You just really gotta do the homework and know how to cut the meat and be really great at marketing
u brought up some great points for the btown to consider. I also have thoight about opening a butcher shop here. I really think the people here would be receptive to one if ot was clean and up to code. I really hope someone does this. It would be one of the only locally owned businesses that could sirvive despite walmarts presence
btown resident

United States

#7 Jan 26, 2012
Thank you for the helpful input jn. I am going to look into the heath dept regulations governing smaller operated butcher shops and see what the rules are. I really want to open one up. I envision it being a butcher shop/corner store type of establishment. One that would also have good cheeses (good ones like the ones I've bought at the corner stores in Wisconsin) and specialty mustards/breads/sausage/sauces etc that are made by local people. I feel like there are alot of people in the area that make delicious specialty foods but we need a centralized location where everyone could sell those goods. Jn, are you interested in being a butcher still? If so i'll set up an acct on here so I can give you my name and we could discuss if you are interested in coming on board with this venture. You seem very knowledgeable on this subject and have the butcher experience that i lack. I'm not trying to solicit money from you, I have the start up money available as well as a building that I have been talking to the owner about leasing. I just need to talk to someone who has butcher experience. Also, I'd still greatly appreciate input from everyone on if this is an establishment they would patronize. I'm so sick of paying good money for poor quality meats!! For once I think that this is a local business that Wal Mart couldn't destroy! Any and all input is GREATLY APPRECIATED! Come on Benton, let me know what you think about this!
okay

United States

#8 Jan 26, 2012
I'd go to it if the price was reasonable. Walmart meat in dyed and full of water. So I wouldn't mind paying a little more for having a butcher shop here. Good luck!
just sayin

Carbondale, IL

#9 Jan 26, 2012
Yes - there is certainly a need. The question is would it be supported.
Although they're not in Benton, there are a couple of great meat shops in the area. In West Frankfort, check out McCord's Market on Rt 37 South. Their meat shop is wonderful. Anything you want - to your specs. Lots of their own ground meats. Great chicken salad made in-store.
Another one - Louie's P&R in Herrin. Words can't describe their in-store sandwiches. And in Carbondale - check out Arnold's market on 51 South.
Not many of these shops are around, but a few still survive. Maybe check them out for ideas on your business plan. Good Luck!!

Since: Mar 10

benton il

#10 Jan 26, 2012
I've thought about this several times, the biggest problem i see is becoming profitable on meat only. To sell other grocery items would be to costly for the owner and customer. I have thought the best solution is to add a butcher shop to an existing store such as farm fresh.

There is meat worth eating close if you know what and where to buy. If you want a good steak or roast, Save-a-lot has been competitive even with Big Johns when it was open. For hamburger your best option is McCord's in West Frankfort, not as good as Big Johns was but better than any closer! Chicken and pork chops are fine from Wal-mart even thought I personally can't stand the store!

I would support a store that served a better grade of meat although I think most of our community couldn't afford too, even with the cleaner, better and and fresher quality.
Ogma

Marion, IL

#12 Jan 27, 2012
I worked in the meat shop at Benton Save-a-lot for a while...

After the time I spent in there, I would buy meat from them anytime. The shop always smelled very clean, and the "butchers" have a passion for meat. That shop was cleaner than most of my house is.

“HE's watching YOU!”

Since: Jan 07

Out in the woods in S. Ill

#13 Jan 27, 2012
There used to be a great meat place years ago going towards Bellville. Other side of New Baden somewhere. Lots of old Germans around there. they used to make a LOT of the Wursts and Sausage and they had the spices too. You could bring a deer there and they would make summer sausage for you. Or you get the spices from them and do it yourself. I dont know if you could do that now these days.´
I spent a lot of time in Europe and the butcher shops were almost like a candy store. If you could set something up like this, not just a place to get hamburger and porkchops and steaks, but also deli kind of stuff and have a smoker, This might just be something.Get you a good butcher, and throw in a few apprentices willing to learn the trade, so you might be able to expand later, and you might have something.
Udda Bubba

United States

#14 Jan 27, 2012
kelley joe wrote:
There used to be a great meat place years ago going towards Bellville. Other side of New Baden somewhere. Lots of old Germans around there. they used to make a LOT of the Wursts and Sausage and they had the spices too. You could bring a deer there and they would make summer sausage for you. Or you get the spices from them and do it yourself. I dont know if you could do that now these days.´
I spent a lot of time in Europe and the butcher shops were almost like a candy store. If you could set something up like this, not just a place to get hamburger and porkchops and steaks, but also deli kind of stuff and have a smoker, This might just be something.Get you a good butcher, and throw in a few apprentices willing to learn the trade, so you might be able to expand later, and you might have something.
Wouldn't it be nice to have people from other towns thinking so much of a butcher shop here in Benton that they would drive a bit to get here to buy the meat and other goods? THEY would be on Topix writing about Benton's butcher shop! GO FOR IT, whoever you are!
your best bet is

North Webster, IN

#15 Jan 27, 2012
McCord's Market has higher quality meats at reasonable prices.
btown resident

Chicago, IL

#16 Feb 1, 2012
Thank you so much for the input everyone! I agree with all the suggestions. It would definitely have to be more than just a meat market to be successful. I have talked with someone who grows fresh So Ill produce and is willing to let me distribute it. I'm also getting some numbers of people who make local cheeses and breads and am hoping they would let me distribute it also. I also love the idea of a deli. A friend suggested having some tables put out and making fresh sandwiches and soups etc to draw a lunch crowd in, thus giving the store the added dimension of a "Buzz" type establishment. I want all of the fresh produce/meats to be from So Ill exclusively if possible. I want people from other towns talking about what a nice butcher shop/market Benton has, like Udda Bubba said. I've got the money in place for this and have some people willing to work with me getting it started. I've started scouting locations in Benton to set up shop. I want it to be centrally located. There's a building on N Main that I'm interested in leasing if it's available and suited to my needs. I'm going to give this a shot. I have a strategy/business plan in mind that I think will keep the cost of the meats reasonable. Yes, it will be a little higher than Wal Mart, but will be in line with the costs of meats from McCords. Thank you so much everyone for all of the input. If anyone else has any suggestions please let me know! So far there have been some great ideas posted on here that I am going to utilize. Any other ideas are greatly appreciated!

“HE's watching YOU!”

Since: Jan 07

Out in the woods in S. Ill

#17 Feb 1, 2012
Might have to get some outside stuff, but if you have the Deli thing going on good bread and cheese would be a good deal. Once established try some different things that nobody else has. Like Spanish tapas or Italian and Mediterranean stuff. Brats, BBQ, sausage, steaks and chops would be your mainstay. Stuffed olives and peppers and antipasti stuff keeps well. To bad the generations from the old county are all gone.
Good Luck.
Udda Bubba

United States

#18 Feb 2, 2012
I only suggest, after managing restaurants for 16 years, is not to start off with huge. Slowly introduce things. Make what you start off with perfect, then once you have that down, then add a few more things. There is a lot to think about when opening something like this. Training your staff is one. They need to be ready, understand your desires and requirements to insure your business is a success. YOU need to be prepared to put mega hours into your business for it to be a success. LISTEN to your customers--especially the complaints. LISTEN to your employees and their ideas. I was a successful manager because I was not closed minded about things and I listened to my employees ideas. The main thing in my opinion, start off slow, do it RIGHT, then grow.
Chad

United States

#19 Mar 15, 2012
Any updates on this thought of a butcher shop????
lori

United States

#20 Mar 15, 2012
kelley joe wrote:
There used to be a great meat place years ago going towards Bellville. Other side of New Baden somewhere. Lots of old Germans around there. they used to make a LOT of the Wursts and Sausage and they had the spices too. You could bring a deer there and they would make summer sausage for you. Or you get the spices from them and do it yourself. I dont know if you could do that now these days.´
I spent a lot of time in Europe and the butcher shops were almost like a candy store. If you could set something up like this, not just a place to get hamburger and porkchops and steaks, but also deli kind of stuff and have a smoker, This might just be something.Get you a good butcher, and throw in a few apprentices willing to learn the trade, so you might be able to expand later, and you might have something.
Could you be referring to Behrmans in Albers? If not, that's another place.

“HE's watching YOU!”

Since: Jan 07

Out in the woods in S. Ill

#21 Mar 15, 2012
No it is another place, But it was close to there, Think around Freeburg or somewhere. It closed when I was still a kid. I do remember the sign, "This is the home of the best of the wurst"
jewell

Peņal, Trinidad and Tobago

#22 Dec 29, 2012
Hey, I am thinking of opening the same in Ohio. I am very interested in hearing from someone who is currently running or about to open up a meat shop. Please email me at workathomecarol@aol.com with any ideas or info. which will help me a lot.

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