Sparta Wholesale Meat and Produce offers wide array of fine eating

By | November 1, 2001 12:00 am

Emily Moorehead
“I spent thirty years in the grocery business,” said Paul Woodcock of Sparta Wholesale Meat and Produce.
“I took early retirement from the Bi-Lo Corporation, and we opened the Sparta Cafe.
When we had the opportunity to purchase the building in which the cafe was located, we thought it would be a good place for wholesale foods.”
Sparta Wholesale Meat and Produce opened the first week September and, besides the wide selection of meat and produce available at the shop, they also carry beverages, paper products, and canned and dry goods, all at wholesale prices, plus everyday staples such as milk and bread.
“We’re able to deal directly with suppliers,” said Paul.
“This cuts out a lot of the labor and overhead, and passes the savings on to our customers.”
Adding the shop also has the capacity to service small independent markets for their food needs, Paul’s long association in the food industry, first with Red Foods and then with Bi-Lo, enables him to locate quality grocery items for his store.
“On some items, depending on the quantity, we can offer volume discounts,” said Paul.
“We can also do fund raisers, civic organizations and churches.”
Paul is originally from Lockport, New York, and Jan is a White County native.
The two have lived in Sparta for 21 years, and have three children; Kimberly, Paul and Trisha.
Trisha works with her parents in both the Sparta Cafe — now open for over two years — and the new wholesale concern.
According to Paul, Sparta Wholesale Meat and Produce is able to order any kind of meat or food item, and special orders are welcomed.
Food may also be purchased in bulk lots for large family use, or for use by organizations.
Special buys are offered each week at Sparta Wholesale Meat and Produce, and the business also features the quaint popsicle stick buildings created by local artist, Brenda Green.
Her work has been featured at Sparta Cafe for awhile, and now shoppers will find her goods displayed in the Woodcock’s second business.
The Woodcocks welcome all types of food orders, and are pleased the community
enjoys both their cafe and their new food shop.
Sparta Wholesale Meat and Produce is open from 9 to 6, Monday through Friday, with Saturday hours being 9 to 5.
Convenient to many area shoppers, the business is located at 106 East Bockman Way, right next to the Sparta Cafe.
Parking is available in front of the store, with additional parking in the rear of the business.
Anyone seeking information may phone 837-MEAT (6328).

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