Family-owned meat company comes back home to Lemont
Jean Weck has returned her family back to its roots in Lemont.
The Lemont resident decided to bring her family’s Prince Meat Company back home, where its headquarters and meat warehouse will reside at 239 Canal St. in Lemont.
Almost 40 years ago her family opened a meat warehouse in Lemont, and a headquarters in Lockport. Eleven years ago, the two were combined in a facility in Shorewood.
“We have been there for the last 11 years. I kind of got tired of the drive and this opportunity came up for us and it was nice to come back home,” said Weck, who took over the company from her father Irwin Pasiewicz. “I decided I wanted to stay on and carry his legacy through.”
Prince Meat Company focuses on meat shipping, receiving and storage in the Lemont warehouse.
Weck has also expanded the company, opening Entrees to Excellence, which will focus on marketing the meats and other products including bakery items, cigars and gift baskets.
“Marketing food is fun,” Weck said. “For the person who has everything gourmet food makes a great gift. It’s great for all demographics — men, women, an aunt, an uncle or grandma. You don’t have to worry about them getting duplicate gifts.”
Q: What does Entrees to Excellence offer?
A: We have never really had a retail store, this is the first opportunity with the store. We are mainly a mail order food shipper — 99.9 percent of our business is shipped. Customers can now walk in and buy the same products we are shipping for almost up to 60 percent cheaper. We ship all over the United States.
Q: How can you pitch your business to consumers as the holiday season approaches?
A: We only use choice and prime meats. Prime is hard to get; Midwestern beef is the best beef in the country. We only offer the highest quality foods and we cut at a USDA facility. They know when they come here they will get a good steak. These products are not typically found in a grocery store. ... We do half our business for the year during the next three weeks.
Q: When is the store open for customers to walk in and how can they see the products?
A: Eventually, we are hoping to get a display freezer for the meats in the store. Right now we have a display cabinet for the cigars already. We are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and will be open for Small Business Saturday Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Customers can always shop online at www.entreestoexcellence.com.
Q: Where would you like to see the company go in the future?
A: Since we have done so well throughout the U.S., I would like to be able to advertise more locally and let people know that we are here. It’s nice to let the people in state know they have access to our store. They live locally and can come and pick it up for a cheaper cost. I would like our retail store to grow.
PROFESSION: Partner at Entrees to Excellence
EDUCATION: Associates degree in liberal arts at Illinois State University
HOBBIES: Entrees to Excellence is my hobby. Spending time remodeling and fixing this place up has been my hobby.
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