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Kingsport Provision Company and KPC Butcher Shop provide both quality and quantity

Staff Report • Nov 2, 2012 at 12:58 PM

It's autumn again and, as the trees shed their leaves, tailgating football fans and holiday party-throwers alike are preparing for another season of feasting and entertaining guests.

With the economic downturn of recent years, as many local mom-and-pop establishments have been forced out of business, Kingsport Provision Company (KPC) has weathered the storm by adding a retail butcher shop at its original location in downtown Kingsport - a location it has maintained since 1948. KPC Butcher Shop offers the public the choicest quality of cut meats and products available, with a personal service not always found at local grocery stores.

Halloween will mark the four-year anniversary of Doug Bowers' ownership of KPC. Since his arrival, the company has changed its business model to focus as much on the public as it does on its restaurants. KPC continues to provide top quality meat and supplies to local eateries, but now the public can also take advantage of the offerings at this long-time Kingsport institution.

"The public could always buy from KPC, but they had to place their order first thing in the morning or they couldn't get it until the next day." With some of its restaurant clients closing over the past few years, Bowers said KPC is "rolling with the punches."

KPC uses heavy western grain fed beef containing no fillers, preservatives or hormones, resulting in better-tasting, better quality meat. The United States Department of Agriculture is on site daily to oversee the production and packaging of the meat that KPC supplies to its restaurant customers, thus ensuring quality and freshness.

KPC has a reputation for quality, and they continue that tradition. Each day, they work hard to own up to their motto, "You deserve the best, so we strive to be the best." Customers are impressed with "the quality and flavor of what they get here, compared to what they are used to getting," Bowers said.

To meet its evolving customer needs, KPC now carries products in smaller portion sizes. They grind their hamburger daily out of whole muscle meat and make their hamburger patties to order in sizes of 3-, 4-, 5 1/3- or 8-ounce portions. Along with a selection of quality meat cuts, KPC offers a variety of other products including cheddar round tots, french fries, hot dogs, chili, eggs, cheeses, deli meats, country ham, boneless and bone-in pork chops, chicken, and Alaska whitefish, just to name a few of the choices there.

"Anything a restaurant uses, we either have or can get for you," Bowers explained.

The staff at KPC & KPC Butcher Shop are expert multi-taskers, performing many different duties in the day-to-day running of the company, including everything from grinding the fresh beef to slicing the meat behind the counter to delivering it to their local restaurants. Along with Bowers, two other full-time employees, Phil Ryans and  Leroy Howes, ensure consistency and quality in what you find at KPC. Whether you need a small roast cut for a family meal or enough chicken wings and pork ribs to feed the small army at your next gathering or holiday party, KPC is there to "meat" your every need.

"We know you can shop anywhere and we want to give you a reason to shop with us," Bowers said.

Kingsport Provision Company/KPC Butcher Shop is located at 820 East Sullivan Street in downtown Kingsport and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. They accept EBT/SNAP. For more information, call 423-246-6197.

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