McCann’s Local Meats announces its closing

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Another popular Rochester eatery has announced its closing due to the difficult economic landscape.

On Thursday, McCann’s Local Meats posted on Facebook saying it will "be open in some capacity" until Aug. 13, but its hours may change as its staff move on. The business said it will announce changes as they happen.

The local meat market has been open since 2015, partnering with area farms to sell and process quality products.

McCann’s was the subject of one of News10NBC Anchor Brett Davidsen’s Small Business Spotlight segments back in June 2020, when it installed a vending machine filled with meat and other prepared foods, including macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and baked beans in its South Wedge shop to minimize physical contact in the era of social distancing.

As part of its statement posted Thursday, the business wrote: "A lot has changed in the world since we opened. Economic peaks and valleys, a global pandemic, supply chain problems, the skyrocketing cost of goods, consumer buying patterns, a shift to working from home, and an industry that is clearly on the precipice of widespread change. The cost of operating a food business is higher than it has ever been. Already razor thin profit margins have become more elusive and often nonexistent."

This comes a week after Italian pastry shop Dolce Italy announced its closing and two weeks after Bay & Goodman Pizza closed for good, citing unfavorable lease negotiations, rising costs, and labor shortages.

Other popular businesses have announced major changes in an attempt to make a profit, including Jimmy Z’s in Brockport shutting its restaurant down temporarily and shifting its focus to catering and its food truck due to the economy, hiring difficulties and the owner tearing his meniscus. Stever’s Candies on Park Avenue has trimmed its hours. Kainos cut its prices wherever it could to try and beat inflation by attracting more customers.

Economic woes for consumers and businesses persist, with the consumer price index for March reaching an 8.5% year-over-year increase, the highest since 1981.