May 17, 2017 www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com
Collins purchases meat block used in 1970s
By Beth Scott
COSHOCTON - Gary Collins, owner of Collin’s Meat and
Food Market, LLC on Kenilworth Avenue, who is known
as “The Meat Man”, recently purchased a meat block
that he used in 1973 when he worked after school at
“I cut meat on that thing when I was 17,” he said. “That’s
why I bought it. It’s a sentimental thing. The first time I
cut meat on it since I was 17 was last Friday (May 5).”
Collins started at Young’s IGA in 1973 when he was 16
years old carrying groceries. The only time he was back
in the meat room was on Friday nights when he would
help clean up. But that changed when Dick Selders,
manager of Young’s IGA in Coshocton, asked him if he
would like to learn how to cut meat. He started cutting
meat when he was 17 and got his journeyman’s license
when he was 17 and 1/2 years old.
In 1976, Collins was transferred to Wooster and
worked at the north and the south store for Young’s IGA.
In 1978, he returned to Coshocton County when Ron
Boyer called from Boyer’s IGA in Warsaw and asked if
he would manage the meat department for that store.
On Jan. 1, 1980, Selders purchased the Sanitary Meat
Market on Main Street and Collins ran it for him for
six months before purchasing the business on July 14,
Beth Scott | Beacon
1980. He called the store Collin’s Sanitary Meat Market. Gary Collins, owner of Collin’s Meat and Food Market, LLC, cuts meat on the same meat block he used when he was 17
He was in business on Main Street for 12 years until
and working at Young’s IGA.
he purchased the former Shaheen’s Meat Market on
Kenilworth Avenue on May 27, 1992. Collins opened
Collin’s Meat and Food Market, LLC on July 14, 1992.
The meat block was originally at Young’s IGA and then him on WTNS when he was only 4 years old.
“I worked on Main Street from 8:30 to 5:30 and then
at Brook’s IGA, which bought out Young’s, and then
The store is open on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and
would come out here and worked until 1 or 2:00 in the
was sold to Miller’s dad, Steve during the auction. It has
Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and we
morning,” he said. “I did that for six months. My dad
been at Roscoe General Store ever since.
can be reached at 740-622-4625. In addition to being
helped me renovate the store. He got to see me open it.
Collin’s Meat and Food Market, LLC is the last grocery known as “The Meat Man”, Collins originated the econ-
omy meat bundles. He is also known for his comment at
He was really excited about it. He died in March of 1993. store of its kind in Coshocton. Collins has had the help
the end of all of his commercials, “Keep smiling.”
My mom helped me. She helped me on Main Street
of his family to support the business for the last almost
when I first started. Then she helped me here until she
37 years including not only his parents, but his wife
couldn’t work anymore. She died in 2006.”
Toby and his son Sean, who used to do commercials for
A couple of months ago, Collins received a call from
Chad Miller of the Roscoe General Store. He said he had
the meat block from Young’s IGA that was purchased
when the items were auctioned. He had two that were
used at Young’s and Collin’s purchased one. Miller used
them at the general store to display items.
“I put that slab of meat on there and I was like, wow,”
said Collins. “I haven’t seen them (the meat blocks)
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