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Opening your own Butcher Shop


 

 I'd like to hear from members who have opened their own place/Butcher shop..

why did they do it??  how difficult was the process??  (obtaining loans, leases, equipment, location) etc.

 

Ive heard for 30 years how some fellow meatcutters  may want to  have their own shop someday, but they really dont know the process of starting one, some things  seem like common sense, (finding location, getting equipment, getting a loan, getting a supplier)  but  to someone who has never done any of this, it seems very scary....

  I believe the smaller butcher shops are making a comeback- the more the large box stores go pre-pack, the more it opens a void in the market place

 

so, if anyone wants to share  some success,   im sure others would like to hear it -thanks in advance!



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I own 3 butcher shops feel free to email me and I will call you to much to type here my website is www.mygourmetsteaks.com Thanks David

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OK, you goy my attention! I've fought for years to get a shop off the ground but funding and now Michigan's economy have crushed my dream. For years I ran a very successful processing business out of my converted garage. Great during the hunting season.



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I chock the dream of having a shop of my own up there with the fantasy of having a family of my own.

Now that I am in my late 30's both are pipe dreams for for me. It doesn't help that the modern world is hostile to both family and property ownership, as well as mastery of one's own labor.


Gone are the days when a bakery helper and shoeshiner could raise a family.

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gregerd,,,,every state has a department of economic development- or new business development council,,,they offer free advice, guidance, of what opening a business entails, from business ownership, to paying taxes, etc.

they may even have development grants.


Ive seen firthand many cutters strike out on their own and open a butcher shop,,,,

one cutter rented a 800 squ. ft place- and owned all the equipment,,he had one meatcase- but sold a ton of freezer plans,,,tons of whole primals,,and alot off facebook- he would take images off google and blast them out-for specials

this guy had very little overhead/expenses,,,but because he was a "butcher shop" he has quite a following..

so, you can be quite small but be a powerful marketer

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sure wish i could open my own shop!


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I am currently under construction for opening a butcher shop. The conception date was April 23, 2013 when I was frustrated looking for certain products I wanted to buy retail for home use. Not having any butcher experience but having owned a restaurant for over 10years and having been self employed for over 20 years - I am doing what I think is best. The butcher shop I am having built will be done by mid January 2014, soft opening in February. It is an extension of existing restaurant and has its own street / storefront presence. I am very excited about this endeavor. I already own the property so that helped. There have been independently owned butcher shops that have come and gone, some financed by banks that I went to. In places where butcher shops have gone bad, there are successful ones that have opened up.

I don't mind answering questions if anyone feels the need to contact me. This is a start from scratch project. It is costing me roughly $500,000 and I am still short but am pulling form my existing business for the lack of funds. My butcher shop also has a prep kitchen built in so we can supply ready to eat, partially prepped and fully prepped meals in addition to charcuterie and artisan cheeses.

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Good luck with your adventure. Tough business. There must be a need for the operation to get a good start.Very difficult to find quality help. Not many old time butchers left that know how to make it happen. Believe me, i am training my two sons to carry on after me. Lots of hard work and long hours gone thru several so called "meat cutters" in the last few months.....most can't hit the back side with both hands .
do you plan on custom processing or just plain retail , using commercial products or made onsite.....sausage,hams,bacon etc.

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As the previous owner of my shop told me, "The hours are long but the pay is lousy" That's true if you look at it strictly from the financial viewpoint. But I truly enjoy the craft. I love to see what I can make, and hear the customers come back and tell me how everyone enjoyed what they had and how they had never had anything so good before. You just cant put a price tag on that. I was fortunate to be able to buy an existing business, but have worked hard these past 26 years to put my own signature on it. I have received much help from others in that time, and I feel I owe it to others to help them. I'm an open book. Message me or email me at rj@rjmeats.com I will share what ever I know that can help anyone.

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