An Era Comes to an End: The Closure of a Worcester Institution, Tatnuck Meat and Seafood

Tatnuck Meat & Seafood shuts its doors in Worcester after half a century

For over 50 years, Tatnuck Meat and Seafood was a go-to destination for customers in the nearby area, offering a wide range of meats and seafood options. However, after decades of operation in a one-floor building at 1100A Pleasant St., the store has permanently closed its doors. The decision to close was made due to declining business and health issues faced by longtime owner and founder Harvey Slarskey.

Harvey Slarskey founded the store as Tatnuck Meats Market when he was in his 30s, after working in the cattle business. The store quickly gained a reputation for its high-quality products and customer service, with Slarskey building relationships with customers on a first-name basis. In 2011, the store expanded to include seafood in its name and product offerings, further expanding its customer base.

Despite his dedication to the business, Harvey Slarskey faced declining health issues that made it difficult for him to manage the store on his own. His son Michael stepped in to help with the business three years ago as his father’s health declined, but even with Michael’s help, the decision to close was a difficult one.

Michael expressed gratitude to their customers over the years and acknowledged that 50 years in business is quite an accomplishment. He shared that as the neighborhood changed over time, so did their customer base. As more people moved into new developments nearby, they found themselves catering less to their original customer base from the surrounding area of Tatnuck.

The closing of Tatnuck Meat and Seafood marks the end of an era for a staple Worcester community for decades. Harvey Slarskey’s commitment to providing top-quality meats and seafood will be remembered as part of the store’s legacy, even though it is now closed forever.

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