MOORHEAD — An experienced butcher and former manager of Hornbacher's and Cash Wise meat departments is opening a new butcher shop at 2103 5th Ave. N. in Moorhead.

Melissa Evans told The Forum Monday, Oct. 11, she hopes to open She Said Butcher Shop in the former Land O' Lakes and Deans Foods office before Christmas.

"I have a refrigeration unit that’s backordered to the first week of December. As long as that doesn’t get pushed any further, we should be able to open then. I guess it’s something that’s out of my control at this point," Evans said.

The Bismarck native earned a degree in animal sciences, with an emphasis in meat science, from North Dakota State University. She managed the Northport Hornbacher's and later the Moorhead Cash Wise meat departments before a shoulder injury forced her to take a break. She's healed now and ready to strike out on her own.

She Said Butcher Shop will offer fresh cuts of beef and pork. Evans also plans to offer frozen meat bundles.

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"They'll come available for a family of two or a family of four or just one person for two weeks of meat," she said. "It will have five or six different selections of product in it, and they'll come individually packaged and vacuum-sealed and frozen."