Local smokehouse closes doors

Local smokehouse closes doors
By: Mike Shain & Heartland News

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Big box stores and supermarkets can't compete with this family owned business. But what about time? Every good thing comes to an end and that's what's happening to Exicar's Smokehouse in Cape Girardeau. An institution ends in three months.

"My uncle's had a little problem with his health and he can't help me.  My sister wants out of the business," said Blake Esicar.

September 29th will be the last day for Esicar's, a 73-year-old instituation.

"At Christmas time we'll go through at least 2000 hams and 4000 slabs of bacon," said Blake Esicar.

Start to finish, bacon takes 15 days to finish and hams 48 days. That means 17-hour work days for weeks.

"I'll be glad for them because I know they'll get a chance like a lot of people to retire and enjoy the fruits of their labor, but at the same time in my heart I'm sad such an institution like Esicar's is not going to be here anymore," said Fil Blackiston, a friend and customer.

The building will be sold, but not the business.  As the word reaches more and more Esicar's customers, they're buying for their freezers.

For Black Esicar, it's bittersweet.

"I will not miss the work involved," Esicar said. " I'm going to miss the people."