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JACKSONVILLE - We all shop a particular store for a variety of reasons like price, quality, service or a combination of all three.  One man on the Northside of Jacksonville has been serving his customers for almost a half century.  A store that you don't see all that often anymore, a landmark legend that has been feeding neighbors for generations.

On the corner of Tallulah and Pearl sits Carroll's Meat Shoppe, slicing beef and serving Panama Park customers on the Northside for 47 years.  "Can I help you find something?" Herman "Smitty" Shuman asks a customer. Smitty started the business in 1966. It's now the oldest meat shop in town.

Some customers have shopped at Carroll's since the butcher shop opened.  "Anything I want they have it," said one customer.  "I love it, especially liver cheese. I have to run by and get me some liver cheese," said Willie Mae Read.

Along with fresh steaks, ground beef, and chicken wings Smitty says pork his biggest seller.  "Pork, pork loin. I sell a lot of pork."  Carroll's caters mainly to the African American community in a neighborhood many would consider a food desert.  Smitty attributes his success to selling what his customers want. "As long as you serve them right, give them good merchandise, give them a good cost, they'll come back time and time again," said Shuman.

The shops values and rules are plainly visible for all to see.  One sign emphasizes the three rules of business:  "take care of the customer," "take care of the customer," "take care of the customer."  There's also a trophy given to Smitty by a customer.  "I wouldn't take a million dollars for it because on the bottom of it is says 'world's greatest Christian man."

Those values have customers coming back and many employees working here for a long, long time.  "Smitty is a good Christian man and I enjoy working with someone you could depend on doing what he says he'll do," said Buddy Dowling, manager at Carroll's.  "We've been here forty something years and he's always done me right. He's just a good man to work for," said Bo Crews, another longtime worker.

Smitty says his prices are about 20 cents a pound cheaper than chain stores on all items including some harder to find cuts.  "That's why I'm coming to find some neckbones right now.  They always have good prices," said another longtime customer.

Smitty Shuman says he eats a little meat at every meal and says his cholesterol is good and health excellent at 80-years old.  He said he retired 15 years ago at 65 but then changed his mind. He still comes to work every day 5 days a week.

Smitty Schuman and Carroll's Meat Shoppe, a landmark legend celebrating 47 years of service in Panama Park. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smitty Schuman and Carroll's Meat Shoppe, a landmark legend celebrating 47 years of service in Panama Park.

Smitty Schuman and Carroll's Meat Shoppe, a landmark legend celebrating 47 years of service in Panama Park.

 

Smitty Schuman and Carroll's Meat Shoppe, a landmark legend celebrating 47 years of service in Panama Park.

 

Smitty Schuman and Carroll's Meat Shoppe, a landmark legend celebrating 47 years of service in Panama Park.

 

Smitty Schuman and Carroll's Meat Shoppe, a landmark legend celebrating 47 years of service in Panama Park.

 

Smitty Schuman and Carroll's Meat Shoppe, a landmark legend celebrating 47 years of service in Panama Park.

 

Smitty Schuman and Carroll's Meat Shoppe, a landmark legend celebrating 47 years of service in Panama Park.

 

Smitty Schuman and Carroll's Meat Shoppe, a landmark legend celebrating 47 years of service in Panama Park.

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