ALTON — Hansen Packing in Jerseyville is expanding again.
By June 1, the popular locally owned meat packing company will be operating out of the former site of the Colonial Bakery at 450 Landmarks Blvd. (next to the recently opened Old Bakery Beer Company). Hansen Packing President Ryan Hansen said the deal came together in only a week.
“It came about because we supply to Old Bakery Beer Company,” he said. “It was mentioned that we were looking to expand, and it kind of fell in our lap.”
With as much retail and storage space as the Jerseyville location, Hansen says the new Alton home next to the walking bridge over Landmarks Boulevard is “a really good fit.”
“We kept getting people that would comment that we weren’t closer to them,” he said. “This new location will help customers that have been coming to Hansen to pick up choice cuts easier, and it will help new customers find a great store with an amazing product.
“We are (also) testing the sales of grass-fed products. We know the customers enjoy this product and we are hoping to find a more consistent supplier to satisfy our consumers.”
Hansen Packing has been in operation since 1952, when Ryan’s grandfather, Bill, opened for business. Since 2014, the company has been in the hands of the family’s third generation, brother-and-sister team Ryan Hansen and Beth Arrowsmith. Earlier this year, Hansen also acquired H&B Ham in Brighton.
The products available in Alton will be the same products offered in Jerseyville. There will be a processing room and most meats will be cut on site. The products that must be frozen will be frozen at the Jerseyville location and shipped to Alton.
Arrowsmith will manage the Alton location.
“We aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel,” Hansen said. “We know what the consumers want, and we are here to give it to them.”
Long-term goals include extended hours above and beyond Jerseyville’s current hours of operation, with a seven-day per week schedule. Hansen also hopes to open early, possibly by Memorial Day. Signs will be going up shortly after Easter, he says.
“It all just depends,” he said “If we are open by Memorial Day, we can kick off barbecue season.”
The opening of the new location also will bring jobs to Alton, including meat cutters and front counter help. For information, call (618) 498-3714 or visit www.hansenpackingmeats.com.