WOLFVILLE, N.S. - Cuts Meat Market regulars are anxiously waiting to hear if their go-to grocery store will reopen for business after a refrigerant gas leak resulted in a sudden closure last month.
“We will post on Facebook if, and when, we are open but (we are) presently dealing with insurance and have not re-opened the store,” a statement published on the Cuts Meat Market Facebook page Jan. 7 reads.
The statement goes on to say that the Dec. 11 refrigerant leak was the last of three leaks at the Wolfville-based store.
“If we are not covered in our claim and we do not feel there is enough support to re-open, we will not be re-opening but that has not been decided yet,” the statement reads.
“The owners will post when confirmed on this Facebook page but have no control over the length of time this process may take.”
As of 10 a.m. Jan. 14, the Facebook post regarding the future of Cuts had garnered 150 comments and 226 shares.
Cuts Meat Market did not respond to an interview request from Kings County News.
Peggy Benedict was among the online customers imploring the owners to keep the Wolfville location open.
The Windsor-area resident regularly travels to Kings County in an effort to save money on groceries.
“We live outside of Windsor and would travel to Cuts usually twice a month - at least once for sure. If it closes it is going to definitely impact my grocery bill,” she said in an interview.
She said she regularly saves on such items as potatoes, chicken breasts, popcorn chicken, fruits and veggies when she shops at Cuts.
“Without Cuts I will have to get these items elsewhere and my grocery costs will increase.”
Like Benedict, Middleton resident Lisa Patchett regularly makes trips into Wolfville to stock up on groceries at Cuts.
“I’m raising boys as a single parent and they eat a lot,” she said with a laugh.
“It gave me the means of actually putting meat and vegetables in my household.”
Patchett said she’s yet to find a place with prices that compare to the offers she found at Cuts.
“Every two months I could go there, spend my money and fill up my apartment-sized freezer… it was awesome.”
She hopes the owners will find a way to open the doors once more.
“If they shut their doors, I don’t know what I’m going to do. That place is a godsend to me,” she said.
For her, Cuts is an essential part of both buying meats and making ends meet.
“It’s a big thing to be able to go buy groceries,” she said.
“It means a lot.”