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BizBeat: Jefferson City meat market closing after three decades

BizBeat: Jefferson City meat market closing after three decades

September 9th, 2018 by Philip Joens in Business

Mark Wilson/News Tribune Roger Weber and Rosemary Rowden work at Weber Meat Market.

After 35 years in business, Weber Meat Market at 1708 Missouri Blvd. will close at the end of December.

Manager Roger Weber said the business’ landlord decided last month to demolish the small shopping complex where the market operates. The buildings in the complex date back to at least the 1950s, and two others have long been vacant, Weber said.

Weber’s mother owns the butcher shop and he manages it with his sister, Rosemary Rowden. The meat market has been family-owned since the 1960s.

Weber learned the trade from his dad.

“I was gutting hogs when I was 6 years old,” he said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Weber Meat Market will remain open at its existing location until the end of December. After that, he does not know what the future holds for his business.

Weber said the family would like to open a new shop but does not want to be weighed down by the debt required to do so. The family is evaluating its options and will make a decision at a later date, he said.

For now, Weber feels lucky the family can keep the shop open until Dec. 31, giving area families a chance to get final holiday meals there.

Weber Meat Market is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.

After more than 30 years, Weber said, the family feels grateful for all the customers who have helped the butcher shop stay in business.

“We had a great run,” he said. “I haven’t done anything in my life besides this.”

Target to begin same-day delivery

Target will begin same-day delivery services in Jefferson City on Tuesday through a San Francisco company Target bought last year.

Shipt uses independent contractors to fill orders and deliver items to customers. Target bought Shipt in December for $550 million, according to Bloomberg.

Grocery, electronics, toys and other items will be available for delivery through the service. Customers use the Shipt app to place orders then choose their delivery window and can have items delivered as soon as an hour after placing an order.

Shipt also said it will begin grocery delivery from Jefferson City’s Hy-Vee store Tuesday. Hy-Vee began same-day grocery delivery services through Shipt rival Instacart in July. Hy-Vee also offers grocery delivery and pickup through its Hy-Vee Aisles Online service.

Shipt charges $99 per year for access to its service. The fee gives members access to free and unlimited delivery of orders of more than $35. New Shipt customers who sign up before Sept. 11 will receive memberships for $49, according to a news release.

Instacart charges delivery fees per order or offers memberships through its Instacart Express service for $149.

Modern Litho acquires St. Louis printer

Jefferson City-based commercial printer Modern Litho acquired St. Louis printer Trio Printing on Tuesday.

Modern Litho operates a printing facility in Jefferson City near the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce industrial park at 6009 Stertzer Road. The company’s Brown Printing division works out of an office at 411 Madison St.

Modern Litho prints magazines and catalogs for companies around the Midwest. The company already operated a printing facility at 5111 Southwest Ave. in St. Louis. Trio Printing sits about 3 miles away at 3644 Forest Park Ave. in St. Louis.

Modern Litho President Darrell Moore said in a news release that Modern Litho is excited to bring Trio Printing into the company.

“Trio Printing has had a successful presence in St. Louis for many years,” Moore said. “We are grateful that they have joined our team.”

Trio Printing is the second printer the company bought in three months. Modern Litho bought Kansas City printer James Printing in June. That continued a growth plan laid out by the company in 2013, Modern Litho said at the time.

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