Clark County at Work, Vancouver: Butcher Boys

By Mary Ricks, Columbian news assistant



Business name: Butcher Boys.

Owners: Jim and Barbara Kurfurst; their son Peter is the manager.

Address: 4710 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

What the business does: Butcher Boys is a family-owned and operated meat market, specializing in all-natural beef, pork and poultry. The market does all its custom cutting and curing and smoking of beef, pork and wild game in-house. Butcher Boys is a member of the Northwest Meat Processors Association and has received its Grand Champion award for smoked meats three times.


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How has the economy affected your business: Peter Kurfurst said the economy has affected the types of meat customers are buying. More people are purchasing more economical items such as roasts, hamburger, pork and chicken instead of steaks and other high-end cuts.

Greatest challenge: The biggest challenge is staying abreast of the changing rules and regulations in the meat industry, Kurfurst said. He said being a member of the Northwest Meat Processors and the American Association of Meat Processors helps his family comply with the rules.

What’s ahead: The meat market is in the process of adding a website to alert customers to new items, store specials and current pricing. They are also in the process of trying to build an addition to expand refrigeration space.

Year established in Clark County: 1969.

Employees: 12.

Telephone: 360-693-6241.

Fax: 360-696-4299.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.