The Closure of a Beloved Worcester Store: A Tribute to Harvey Slarskey and 50 Years of Quality Meats and Seafood

Tatnuck Meat & Seafood shuts its doors in Worcester after half a century

Harvey Slarskey’s legacy as the founder of Tatnuck Meat and Seafood, which has been a staple in the Worcester community for 50 years, will be remembered. The store, located at 1100A Pleasant St., has permanently closed its doors due to declining business and health issues faced by Slarskey. His son Michael expressed gratitude to their customers over the years and acknowledged that 50 years in business is quite an accomplishment.

Harvey Slarskey founded the store as Tatnuck Meats Market when he was in his 30s. He had previously worked in the cattle business before deciding to start his own store. The store was known for its high-quality products and customer service, with Slarskey building relationships with customers on a first-name basis. In 2011, the store added seafood to its name and product offerings, expanding to include fish and other types of seafood. Slarskey was dedicated to his business, often arriving at work hours before the store opened to ensure the quality of the products. He stressed the importance of quality over quantity and was proud of the few complaints the store had received over its 40 years of operation.

As the neighborhood changed over the years, businesses began to decline. Michael stepped in three years ago as his father’s health declined to help with the business. The decision to close was a difficult one for him, but it was ultimately made due to declining business and health issues faced by Slarskey.

Tatnuck Meat and Seafood catered mostly to customers in nearby Tatnuck area who appreciated its wide range of meat options including beef, pork, chicken, turkey and more seafood like fish fillets, shrimp and crab meat amongst many others . Now that it has closed down it marks an era for this longstanding community store

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