Market to remain open
BEVERLY — A historic family business in Beverly that closed recently has reopened and changed its name.
The owners of Campbell’s Market in Beverly decided to focus primarily on selling meat, so the new business name is The Meat Shop.
Sam Ross, who owns the business with his wife, Michele, said they will offer the same selection of quality meats, as well as other basic items such as cheeses, milk, flour and beans. They also offer custom slaughtering and wrapping for beef, hogs and lambs.
“We’ll try this out and see how it goes,” Ross said this week, noting it’s been tough for the small business to compete with larger chain stores. He said about 70 percent of the store’s customers are from outside the area, with many people coming from Weston, Fairmont, Clarksburg and Pocahontas County.
The market had been set to close its doors this June because of a lack of business, but customer support at that time allowed the store to remain open. Since that time, Ross said some business slacked off again, and it closed for a few weeks so they could restructure the store and its focus.
The front section of the store also will have some changes, as the Rosses plan to allow a bakery and local crafters to set up displays.
Longtime employee Kathy Lanham said she’s very hopeful that The Meat Shop will be able to stay in business, but it all comes down to enough customer support.
“They’re giving it their darndest good try,” Lanham said of the owners.
Campbell’s Market had been part of the Beverly community since it was founded in 1946 by Charles Lee and Eloene Campbell. It stayed in the Campbell family for decades, and it was purchased about two years ago by the Rosses.