The owner of Mike’s Queen Street Meat Market is looking forward to settling into his new shop.
As the old building, formerly known as the Queen Street Meat Market, was being torn down behind him Wednesday morning, Mike Frizzell said he hopes to be selling his products in the new building as early as next week.
Last year, Charlottetown city council granted approval to construct the new 40-foot by 80-foot building on the same property at 368 University Ave.
The 9,600-square-foot structure will offer one floor of apartments, a retail shop and a processing plant.
Frizzell said there are a few new features once he’s reopened.
“We’ll be doing our all our own smoking and curing for products. The basement is going to be a federal plant to export oysters,” said Frizzell.
“There’s going to be two ends to the shop. The first will be all the meat products and the second will be the seafood shop.”
The meat shop has been in business under different owners for more than 100 years, with Frizzell taking the reins nearly nine years ago.
Upon purchasing the business, he said he had always planned to stay in the old location for about 10 years, then expand.
“We need the space and it’s just time to grow it. It got stale for a little bit, so it’s time to grow.”
Frizzell said he’s looking forward to getting everything set up in the new location and hopes to be back in business selling products as early as Nov. 18 but said it will be another month or so until everything is in place.
“It’s been a long year,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll get everything organized before Christmas for the Christmas rush.”