ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Michael Grier, who started out making a little bit of jerky for his family, has turned his hobby into such a successful business that he’s now operating out of a 5,800-square-warehouse.
It’s the third location for Mike’s Jerky, which is planning to expand beyond its own retail shops into the greater world of groceries, convenience stores and other outside outlets.
“We have a lot of loyal customers in New Mexico, especially Albuquerque,” Grier said. “There was such a demand from those people wanting us to do it.”
The business already had two retail outlets and a small kitchen at its Menaul NE location, but it needed to scale up to tackle the wholesale market, Grier said.
The new kitchen and retail store at 4900 Jefferson NE has all new equipment that Grier and his staff of nine have been using to get their jerky just right.
After more testing and federal inspections, the business expects to start selling at the new outlets at the first of the year, Grier said.
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