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

Worcester’s Beloved Institution, Tatnuck Meat and Seafood, Closes Permanently After 50 Years in Business: The Story of Harvey Slarskey and the Legacy He Leaves Behind

In the heart of Worcester, for 50 years, a one-floor building at 1100A Pleasant St. has housed the beloved and successful business, Tatnuck Meat and Seafood. However, after decades in operation, the store has closed its doors permanently due to declining business and health issues faced by longtime owner and founder Harvey Slarskey. Michael, who took over the business three years ago when his father’s health began to decline, expressed gratitude to their customers over the years and acknowledged that 50 years in business is quite an accomplishment.

Tatnuck Meat and Seafood was known for its wide range of meats and seafood options, catering mostly to customers in the nearby Tatnuck area. As the neighborhood changed over the years, so did the store’s popularity. Michael shared that it was a difficult decision to close down such a beloved institution in his community.

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, Slarskey added seafood to the store’s name and product offerings, expanding its reach even further into Worcester’s vibrant culinary scene.

Slarskey dedicated himself tirelessly to his work at all times, ensuring that every product sold at his store met his high standards of quality. He often arrived early at work hours before opening time just to make sure everything was perfect for customers who walked through its doors every day


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