Southside Meats, located at 223 Parson Street, has officially been open for six weeks now. While the word “meats” is included in the deli’s name, the store also offers fresh produce, eggs, all dairy items, candles and a few alcohol choices.
It is owned and operated by Bruce Samples. All the meat is freshly cut by him and the ham salad, being sold at the moment, he also made.
Samples and his wife have been in the deli business for over 5 years and decided to open a store in Galion because they noticed a lack of businesses on the east side of town. Both graduated from Galion and are very happy to dedicate some time to help improve the city.
Southside Meats offers “bundle deals.” One bundle currently available is 2 lb. ground chuck, 3 lb. boneless beef chuck roast, 3 lb. ground beef patties, 3 lb. chicken leg quarters, 1 lb. all meat wieners, 1 lb. bacon and 1 lb. pork sausage. Another helpful choice is the pre-made sandwiches that are available.
His bratwursts have gone international being sold in Mexico, Canada and Iraq. The bratwursts were actually sold at the Bratwurst Festival two weeks ago, to raise money for Wynford Schools. Samples also donated a few meat and cheese trays to the United Way fundraiser being ran by the American Red Cross.
After describing his history with Galion and his previous store experience, Samples said, “I really pride myself on knowing my customer’s name.” He wants his customers to feel comfortable with him and to have a true relationship with them.
Samples noted that the people of the community are extremely important to him. Without them, he would not have a business. He pointed out that after being in business for 44 years, his catchphrase has become: “My competitor wants your business; I want you as my customer.”
The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and is closed every Sunday. They accept EBT and credit cards. If you have an item in mind you would like to pre-order you can call 567-393-9301.