Jack & Pat's Old Fashioned Butcher Shop
was started in February of 1972, by two brothers. Jack Powers and Kenneth Patrick Powers. Jack has lived in Worth since 1957 and formally worked as a butcher at an A & P Food store.
His brother Pat, who lived in Dolton, IL. was a former Kroger butcher. They both grew up in the food business since their father was also an A & P store manager after he served in World War I. When Jack and Pat first took over the store it was mainly the corner grocery store, with a small 12 foot meat counter and deli combined. Since they both knew the meat business, they quickly changed the grocery store into a butcher shop. Jack and Pat built up the business over the years with customer service and quality meats as the back bone of their business. They have employed many butchers over the years that have run their own butcher shops, and have brought not only their expertise but also their old customers to Jack & Pat's.
In 1988 Pat retired and sold his shares to Jack who became the sole owner. Pat and his wife Mary retired and moved to Texas where their oldest son lives. Jack's brother Pat died a couple years after his wife Mary lost her battle with cancer. In 1990, Jack semi-retired and his oldes son John took over managing the business.
In 1990, Jack's oldest son John, took over the day to day managing of Jack & Pat's. John has worked at the shop since it opened in 1972 as a stock boy at the age of 14. In 1976, John joined the meat union and has been a meat cutter going on 35 years. All of Jack's children worked at the butcher shop at one time or another.
Brian, John's younger brother has worked at the butcher shop for over 28 years and currently manages the deli. John and Brian are the two main meat cutters, cutting over 90% of all the meat in the back room. Although they would like to be out on the front counter taking care of customers, they know the importance of having high quality cut meats, trimmed to perfection, unlike many of the chain stores. John's only sister, Jacqueline works in the store full time. She can work any position in the shop but specializes in our catering section of the butcher shop. John's son Jason, is our sausage and ground meats man. He makes all of our homemade sausages and patties.
They also have brothers Steve and Patrick who have other full time jobs. Steve works all weekends at Jack & Pat's while Patrick helps whenever needed. Another brother Tim who was handicapped since the age of 10 died in 2005 at the age of 43. John's mother Rosemarie, his wife Karen and daughter-in-law Kelly, and also Brian's children Brad and Amanda all work in the butcher shop as well.
Jack comes to the shop almost every day and still helps out. He has since given ownership to John, Brian and Jacquelin. As you can see Jack & Pat's has always been a family owned and operated business. Celebrating over 40 years of service to the community.