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Tatnuck Meat & Seafood shuts its doors in Worcester after half a century


Mar 27, 2024

After 50 years in operation in a one-floor building at 1100A Pleasant St., Tatnuck Meat and Seafood has permanently closed its doors. The decision to close was made due to declining business and health issues faced by longtime owner and founder Harvey Slarskey. His son Michael expressed gratitude to their customers over the years and acknowledged that 50 years in business is quite an accomplishment.

Tatnuck Meat and Seafood was known for offering a wide range of meats and seafood options, catering mostly to customers in the nearby Tatnuck area. As the neighborhood changed over the years, the business began to decline. Michael, who stepped in to help with the business three years ago as his father’s health declined, shared that the decision to close was a difficult one.

Harvey Slarskey founded the store as Tatnuck Meats Market when he was in his 30s. He had previously worked in the cattle business before deciding to start his own store. The store was known for its high-quality products and customer service, with Slarskey building relationships with customers on a first-name basis.

In 2011, the store added seafood to its name and product offerings, expanding to include fish and other types of seafood. Slarskey was dedicated to his business, often arriving at work hours before the store opened to ensure the quality of the products. He stressed the importance of quality over quantity and was proud of the few complaints the store had received over its 40 years of operation.

The closing of Tatnuck Meat and Seafood marks the end of an era for the business that has been a staple in the Worcester community for decades. Harvey Slarskey’s dedication to providing top-quality meats and seafood to his customers will be remembered as part of the store’s legacy.

By editor

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