Elk River To Soon Say Goodbye To Beloved, Family-Owned Meat Market After 50 Years

10 Apr 2021


ELK RIVER, Minn. (WCCO) — After five decades as a Main Street mainstay, the town of Elk River is saying goodbye to a beloved family-owned meat market.

Elk River Meats is closing for good next month. Owners Bob and Denise Robeck are retiring and will open for the last time May 1 — 50 years to the day the Robeck family purchased the storefront.

WCCO’s viewers named the butcher shop the best place for beef sticks — known to customers as “Happy Sticks” — in Minnesota in 2017, so it’s no surprise that locals said they are sad to see it go.

“I’m sad. I think it’s going to be a big loss to the community,” said Paula Hofer, who said she has been shopping at Elk River Meats for 20 years. “I’ve got a little of the month left to make sure I’m stocked up.”

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