100 years of family business:
Theurer's meat market in Lewiston
SINCE 1905: Theurer's
has been a family and valley tradition. / Photo
by Megan Sonderegger
By Megan Sonderegger
April 5, 2006 | Rick Theurer, a ski bum at heart, says
he "just can't get enough" of the meat and market business
that has been in his family for three generations.
Theurer said the butcher shop and market were founded
in 1905 by his grandfather, Henry Theurer. He said the
business has been passed down through family members
during the following years and he remembers working
in the butcher shop with his father when he was young.
Although he has been in the business his entire life,
Theurer said he still enjoys the work he continues to
do on a daily basis and is glad he chose the meat profession.
"I went cruisin' for a while, checked out my options,
but in the end I came back," Theurer said.
Theurer said he has been running the business for
29 years now and was able to celebrate its 100th anniversary
last year. He said he chose to rebuild in Lewiston because
he was raised there and because he receives a good majority
of his beef from customers in surrounding areas such
as Logan and Malad, Idaho.
"We're right in the center of the cattle," Theurer
Theurer said his meat is better than most other meats
because he sells only choice cuts, graded by the USDA
as second only to prime meat, which he says is a lot
more expensive and tastes nearly the same.
"When you're talking meat it's the best," Theurer
Theurer said his business is unique from others because
he has better quality, variety and service. He said
his employees are friendly and helpful and that he sells
a variety of meats including; bison, beef, pork and
lamb. Theurer said he thrives on return customers and
doesn't feel he's really sold quality beef until a first-time
customer comes back for more.
"Our place is clean and state of the art and when
a customer walks out they feel comfortable with their
product," Theurer said.
Although Theurer "enjoyed being a ski bum for a while,"
he said he enjoys his occupation and he especially enjoys
working with the public.
"I just appreciate everybody in the valley who trades
with us," Theurer said.