The McPherson Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Friday for the expansion of Krehbiel's Specialty Meats, located at 1636 Mohawk Road in McPherson.

"We're four times bigger here," said owner Jeff Krehbiel. "We needed the space."

The store began in 1978, when Jeff's father, Homer, decided he wanted to keep his family on the farm despite losing an arm.

"We started selling products out of the milk barn and it grew from there," Jeff said.

"People started coming; they really wanted natural products from the farm," added Jeff's wife, Angie.

Homer had a deli in downtown McPherson from 2006 to 2012, then moved the store back to the farm when he retired.

Forty years and three generations later, Krehbiel Specialty Meats outgrew its small building and the owners debated moving the store again — until they learned an interchange would be built off of Mohawk Road. Its new building began construction in October 2018 and opened in January 2019.

"Both of our parents had their own businesses so we grew up in that environment," Angie said. "We knew the challenges and joys of having businesses and they were godly examples of how to run them."

Krehbiel Specialty Meats offers beef, pork, chicken, turkey, ostrich, lamb, fish, elk, bison and venison products, along with sausages, bratwurst and bacon. Beside the USDA choice meat and grass-fed meat from Protection, the store also carries hormone-free beef from Bar C Meats in McPherson

"We've got a lot of new things," Angie said. "We have a lot more shelf space so we have more room for local products."

Other food items made in Kansas sold at the store include cheese, salsa, popcorn, honey, seasonings and coffee. It also stocks frozen pies and pre-packaged snacks.

Angie said future plans for the business include having sandwiches and other ready-to-eat products available to serve customers driving by.

Above all, customers should expect great service and good meat, Jeff said.

"We enjoy being part of the community and appreciate everybody's support," Jeff said.

Krehbiel's Specialty Meats is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 620-241-0103 or visit https://healthymeats.net,

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