Kirbie's Family Meats & Catering relocated from it's original Bailey Road location in Cuyahoga Falls, to their current Stow home, 4062 Fishcreek Road, in the Oregon Trails Plaza, in March of 1997.
Kirbie Burns and his son Kris Burns, co-owners of the expanding market, have been in business for 15 years in the Cuyahoga Falls area and over 12 years at the current Stow location. Due to full occupancy of the Cuyahoga Falls location of 1,800 square feet, the Burns' realized there "was no possibility of adding new products or services for the increasing numbers of customers who deserve such additions," says Kris Burns.
The current Stow location, chosen because many of the existing fixtures and conveniences that were already in place, allowed continuous growth, with 5,000 square feet of retail space, and is the first butcher shop in Stow.
With the move to a larger facility, came a better selection for Kirbie patrons, Kris Burns says. New on the menu of product options is a larger selection of hot and cold prepared entrees, a full service bakery, an old fashioned butcher shop, sandwiches and specialty deli, hot soups, box and gift baskets, specialty groceries, top quality fresh produce and expanded catering services.
"We offer everything from party trays to full service catering, including a barbecue catering service for golf outings, company picnics or graduation parties," says Kris, who at 45 years old, knows the family business quite well.
Kris learned the business while working with his father, who still stays quite active as co-owner. While learning the art of properly cutting meat at West Point Market, Kirbie Burns says "while employed there I learned the old fashioned practices of quality and service ... that were never forgotten. Those ideas are the cornerstone of Kirbie's family meat business still today."
When Kris and Kirbie Burns left their Cuyahoga Falls location, they remained a supporter of Cuyahoga Falls events and activities, and looked forward to becoming a member of the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce and supporting Stow's "happenings" as well.
"It's easy to thank a customer for shopping at your establishment. But what better way to say it than by offering your customers more of the quality and service they have enjoyed over the years," says the younger Burns.
The original article was written by Karen Ann Flory of the Stow Sentry in February 1997. This article has been updated in 2009 to reflect the History of Kirbie's Meats and Catering and thank all of the customers that have been shopping with Kirbie's for over 27 years now.