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Fred Lynch

Burnette's Meat Market

Posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at 12:00 AM

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Henry A. Burnette, owner of Burnette's Meat Market, 99 South Park St.

Sept. 2, 1976 Southeast Missourian

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Sells quality meat

For the past 13 years, Henry A. Burnette has taken pride in selling fresh, quality meat to area consumers. He likes to talk about the times he has seen as many as 75 customers waiting in line at his counter.

"Along with good meat at reasonable prices, we sell service. Our customers like that, so they keep coming back," said Mr. Burnette, the owner of Burnette's Meat Market, 99 South Park.

This experienced butcher (he has always been in the meat business) said the secret to his professional success is that he buys meat in large quantities of quarters and sides, and passes the savings on to the customer.

"This is a good way for shoppers to save money, too. Buy in quantity and store in the freezer," he said.

Good purchases for the upcoming Labor Day weekend include boneless, whole or half ham, $1.49 a pound, whole pork shoulder, 69 cents a pound and whole Boston butt, 89 cents a pound. Each of these meats are sliced free of charge, an example of the Burnette service.

Another special is lean ground beef, 10 pounds for $5.99, regularly 79 cents a pound.

Along with Mr. Burnette, his sons, Hank and Larry, and daughter-in-law, Mrs. Harriet Burnette (Larry's wife) and Bob Baker also work in the market. "We've got over 97 years of combined meat cutting experience here," Mr. Burnette said proudly.

When a consumer shops at Burnette's Meat Market, he knows he can take his time peering into the counter and examining the meats. He also feels free to ask the owner or any of the other cutters to "slice that a bit thicker" or "not so thin," and he will get what he wants.

"Meat is important to the consumer, and I'm here to see he gets what he pays for," Mr. Burnette stated.


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  • To whom it may concern:

    I am Harryette Burnette, wife of Larry Burnette of the former Burnette's Meat Market. The market opened in 1963 & closed in 1988. Grandpa (Henry) passed away in May 2003, after a lengthy illness; but Larry & Henry Lee or Hank, as most of the customers knew him, are still residing in Cape Girardeau. Larry has retired due to ill health & Hank is working part time. The meat market was a roller coaster ride but I loved every bit of it. I was fortunate to know the meat business as well as the guys & could cut the meat just as they did. I worked full time at times, and then part time when needed. We had some really exciting times there & knew all our customers by name. Cape Girardeau has changed a lot since then; I wonder how many of the big stores know their customers all by first name basis??!!

    As we approach the Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays, I send greetings to any & all of our former customers; please know we talk about the good times with many of you to this day.

    Blessings to each of you.

    Sincerely, Harryette Miller Burnette

    -- Posted by Harryette Burnette on Thu, Nov 20, 2014, at 12:14 AM
  • How wonderful to take a step back in time and remember what a wonderful contribution Burnette's Meat Market made in our community of Cape Girardeau and beyond! I was sad to see the market close as it provided such a wonderful resource for only the freshest and best meats for our community, and the Burnette family was second to none as far as treating their customers with nothing but loving kindness.

    -- Posted by Phyllis Lewis on Thu, Nov 20, 2014, at 4:10 PM
  • did this grocery store ever have the name 'rogers' thanks.

    -- Posted by Raymond boren on Sat, May 30, 2020, at 8:12 PM