Herald JournalHerald Journal, Dec. 8, 2003

Meat market opens in Lester

By Troy Feltmann

After a lengthy building process, Garbers' Meats is finally open.

Mark and Lynne Garbers of Silver Lake are the owners of Garbers' Meats.

Lynne, a Realtor for Southwest Metro Priority One Realty, will have a branch office in the building also.

Garbers will offer a full line of fresh meats, smoked meats, deli meats and cheeses. It will do processing of beef, pork, and venison. Casings and seasoning can be purchased. Seasonal items such as herring will also be available.

"If someone wants something special, we will do everything to get it in. We will try to satisfy the customers," Mark Garbers said.

"Right now we are glad to be open for fresh meats and deli meats and cheeses. In the next two weeks, we are hoping to be able to make sausage. We will definitely have the full line of products in by Christmas," Garbers said

After taking a one-year course at vocational school, Garbers worked four years at SuperValu in Glencoe, 10 years at Jack and Jill in Lester Prairie, and five years at Sam's Club running the produce department.

It has been a lifetime goal of Garbers to open his own meat market.

"My grandfather had his own meat market. When I went to meat cutting school, it was in the back of my mind," Garbers said.

"When I spent five years at Sam's Club, it was good for me. It taught me a lot about management, but I learned that big city and big corporate wasn't what I wanted," he said

The Garbers are glad to be back in Lester Prairie.

"I worked for Roger Weiland for 10 years and we had a strong meat department. A strong meat department will carry a small grocery store," Garbers said.

"When the grocery store closed, I thought about the meat market again. Every time I came to town, there were three people who approached me to open a meat market. I do like Lester Prairie ,that is why I'm back,"

Another reason Garbers opened his own meat market was the driving time to the cities.

"This way I can spend more time with my family," Garbers said.

For now, the Garbers will run the meat market with his parents, but hopes business will allow him to add a few employees.

"They are cheap labor," Garbers joked. "They have been a great help."

Garbers feels confident that the business will grow.

"It is positive to see the grocery store and meat market open. It is going to generate traffic. It is going to benefit the hardware store, the bank, and the gas station," Garbers said.

Garbers' Meats will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"This is our starting point. Business will dictate if hours will be added," Garbers said.

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