Hartman’s Butcher Shop in New Tripoli will reopen this fall under new ownership.
Partners Scott Carey of Easton and Mike Schnalzer of Slate Belt Butchery LLC in Saylorsburg, Monroe County, have purchased Hartman’s Butcher Shop off Route 309 in New Tripoli and are renovating the 6,000-square-foot shop that closed in July 2021 when owner Dennis Hartman retired.
The buyers are renaming the retail shop, located at 7291 Autumn Road, Carey and Schnalzer Quality Meats. They said they will continue processing their wholesale meat business under Slate Belt Butchery.
The two acquired the real estate, which included butchering equipment and smokehouse, along with some of Hartman’s secret recipes.
Jeff Barber of Lehigh Financial Group LLC in Allentown arranged the SBA loan for the partners to buy the property and make some improvements. Barber said he is excited for both partners and was happy to help them expand their business. “I enjoyed working and learning what goes into the butchery business,” Barber said.
The butcher shop, with its iconic statue of a pig looking out on the road, had been in the Hartman family for three generations. It was started in 1940 by Hartman’s grandfather.
“We bought a turnkey operation, but we plan to make it our own,” Carey said. Carey and Schnalzer will offer some of the sausages and other meat items that Hartman’s was known for as well as some of its own recipes.
They hope to reopen the shop by September and perhaps have a soft opening in August.