The old Vista Foods in Bedford closed in February, but now a familiar business has taken its place. Wendell Dawson opened his third Elba Butcher Shoppe in the building on June 6, offering the community a locally owned store to purchase fresh produce and custom-cut meats. Dawson opened his first shop in Gretna in 2013 and a second in Altavista in 2018.
Dawson worked at the Vista Foods in Bedford from 1981 to 2012, before opening his own shops. When Vista Foods closed, Ronnie Gross from Gross’ Orchard connected Dawson with Bedford County Officials, making the opening of a third location a reality.
“The feedback from the Bedford community has all been very positive,” Dawson said. “They’re glad to have us, and we really appreciate that everyone has been coming out.”
While Covid-19 delayed the opening of the Bedford store, business at the Gretna and Altavista locations have increased and the Bedford location is doing well.
“I think members of the community come to our store because we offer custom cuts and we fix it directly for you. A lot of the chain stores are pre-cut, so it’s more personal at our store,” Dawson said. “We try to offer the community the best service we can, by giving them what they want and by giving them the best pricing we can.”
More information about Elba Butcher Shoppe can be found on Facebook, as well as their weekly specials and hours of operation.
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