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  • Writer's pictureDerek Clarkin

Prime General Renovates Historical Retail Space

Meat markets stay fresh with 21st-century tools

Customers hungry for locally produced meat are flocking to re-imagined specialty shops.

In 1972, Bill and Pat Hagberg moved their 34-year-old meat market from Main Street to Hwy. 5 in Lake Elmo to attract roadside business. In 1989, they put gas pumps out front to better serve their customers.

Now their son Billy and his wife, Melissa, have renovated Hagberg Country Market for the same reason. They increased retail space, chose grocery items to complement their specialty meats and launched a new website.

With more consumers caring about where their meat comes from and preferring specialized shops to supermarkets, meat markets with deep roots in their communities are making changes to address 21st-century retailing trends. Read more...


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