Local meat locker closing at the end of the year

The Redfield Locker has been open 78 years...

By Claire Powell | cpowell@weareiowa.com

Published 10/21 2016 06:29PM

Updated 10/22 2016 10:24AM

REDFIELD- For 78 years, the Redfield Locker has been a staple in Dallas County.

Twenty-two years ago, Don Scott walked through the door looking for another job. Then-owner Dave Sorenson hired him and six months later, asked Don if he’d take over the business.

“I’m one of those kinds of people, once I watch it put my hands on it, I learn pretty fast,” said Scott.

As the fourth owner, he raised his children around the business. He’s been serving award-winning bacon, jerky, beef sticks and summer sausage year after year as you can see by the plaques covering his walls.

“The lockers been around for 78 years,” said Scott.

In the past couple of years, help has been hard to find and difficult to keep. Little, locally-owned lockers around the state and nation have started to dwindle.

“I think the biggest thing in the last couple of years, you can see it in 4-H shows, it’s kind of gotten away from let’s take it to a locker. It’s easier to send it to a packer,” said Scott.

Scott’s is the last in Dallas County and the closest one is now more than 30 miles away.

This spring, Scott was approached by nearby business wanting to expand which meant taking over his lot and butcher shop. From March until July 1, Scott went back and forth in his head.

“I talked to my family. They knew from the beginning,” said Scott. “You don’t want to sell it to someone who’s not going to do the job and do it right.”

Scott decided December 1, he would close his doors and hang up his apron.

“It was time to say that’s enough and call it quits,” said Scott.

“I just found out today! It’s disappointing because when I go through town I buy jerky sticks or beef to butcher. We come here instead of somewhere else, just means there’s not as much local business as there was,” said Jim Thompson, of Perry.

Scott says the continuous thank you’s he’s been receiving from customers is making it hard to leave.

“It’s hard to leave the customers,” said Scott. “It’s nice to hear that to know you must’ve done a good job.”

Scott will not be processing any deer this season unless it is for the HUSH (Help Us Stop Hunger) program. His final day of business is December 1, 2016.

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