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KPC Butcher Shop celebrates 64 years

May 15th, 2012 9:38 am by Susan Kendrick Lauhoff

KPC Butcher Shop celebrates 64 years

KPC Butcher Shop brings restaurant quality food to local tables.

The hum of a neighbor’s lawn mower, children’s squeals as they play in the yard, longer days and warmer weather mark the start of the outdoor grilling season. The distant aroma of meat grilling tantalizes the palate with "Let’s grill tonight!" And, why not? Kingsport has an authentic butcher shop celebrating its 64th birthday this year.

Under just its third owner since opening the doors in 1948, Kingsport Provision Company (KPC) is in the same location where it started and continues to serve restaurant quality meat to the public and many local eating establishments. Its four full-time employees help customers select the right choice for their table.

Bluff City native Doug Bowers wanted to be closer to his parents and family after living in sunny Florida since 1983. So, in 2008, the ETSU graduate with a radiologic technology degree and career moved back to the area and investigated business opportunities. He opted for KPC, reasoning that even in a bad economy, "people are going to have to eat."

Doug appreciated the expertise offered by long-term employee Phil Ryans. His wealth of knowledge and invaluable experience helped Doug transition into his new role as owner and president of KPC. Doug revealed that when Phil started, "The only thing he knew about meat was how to eat it." Twenty-two years of experience later, Phil is KPC’s "chief operating officer" and knows all aspects of the business.

Jack Perkins was raised on a nearby farm with cattle and hogs so he learned early how to butcher meat. He also makes the deliveries for the restaurant clientele. Newcomer Leroy Howes has learned the trade quickly. The employees are friendly and eager to prove their motto: "You deserve the best, so we strive to be the best."

Assorted box specials are available as the perfect gift or to feed a crowd. Fish, ham, bacon, ribs, hot dogs, chicken, wings and pork chops are among the meat selections... and only the best.

KPC beef is heavy western grain fed and does not contain fillers or preservatives, which means more flavor. A USDA agent is on-site daily due to the federal regulations regarding foods sold to restaurants, so the meat is fresh and processed each day and cut-to-order.

Though KPC has always sold to the public, Doug wanted to make the facility more user-friendly and convenient for walk-in visitors. So he expanded the butcher shop by offering more eggs, cheeses, tater tots, onion rings and French fries.

"Prices are competitive and often times less than supermarkets," Doug shared, adding that "if you have lived in Kingsport for very long, you have probably eaten food from KPC since we supply several local restaurants."

Visit a real butcher shop and enjoy the way locals have shopped for quality meats for 64 years, then start the grill. Kingsport Provision Company 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., Saturdays. For more information, call 423-246-6197.

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