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Butcher shops race to keep up with demand in Edmonton

Reference: CTV News

EDMONTON -- As Edmonton stores close en masse due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some essential businesses are seeing higher-than-normal demand — especially butcher shops.

Baltyk Meat and Deli on Kingsway has remained open through the crisis and staff there say it's been an unexpectedly busy month.

"March, it's up approximately three times more than usual per day," said co-owner Ben Jasinski. "A week ago it was a little bit down but still two, two-and-a-half times more than usual."
Jasinksi says last week, staff worked extended hours just to keep the shelves stocked.

Meanwhile in St. Albert, D'arcy's Meat Market got so busy it called in reinforcements over the weekend.

"We hired five more staff just over the weekend to keep up with demand," said Cathy Woollam.

One of those employees was Neil Korotash, who temporarily stepped behind the counter for a chance to learn — a role reversal for the agriculture teacher from Morinville... Read More