Cliff’s Meat Market

Cliff's Meat Market
100 W Main St.
Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 942-2196

Cliff Collins started working in a local meat market when he was still in high school. After five years behind the counter, he decided to open a place of his own. The year was 1973. Thousands of pork chops and chicken breasts later, Cliff’s Meat Market, the last of the family-owned markets in the area, is still going strong. Cliff has built his reputation on quality, variety, and, above all, hospitality. Most all of his customers have been buying from him for years. Some stop in just to chat. Part of his secret, though, is that he isn’t afraid to change with the times. When his customers requested organic meats, he got them. When Latinos came to the Carrboro community, he hired them. Cliff’s is one of the only butcher shops where you’ll find beef sirloin next to marinated pork for tacos al pastor. And it’s certainly the only place you’ll find Cliff.

Date of interview:

May 31, 2007

Interviewer:

Amy C. Evans

Photographer:

Amy C. Evans

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I’ve done a lot of the work myself. I stay here and run it myself and been doing the work myself. I didn’t have to pay someone else, and everything was hands-on with the customers and the meat. And I knew the people, so they would come to see me and we’d talk and they’d buy a little meat, and we’d talk about life in general.

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