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Local butcher plans new deli in Montesano

Montesano is soon to be home to a new butcher shop and deli.

Owned by Rose and Craig Gallington, Wynooche Meats & Deli is expected to open later this month as the business is still taking shape at 201 Wynooche Ave, behind the Montesano Shopping Center.

The Gallingtons purchased the city’s old public works building, under an arrangement that allows them to lease the building for two years and then buy it outright after that. They took possession of the building and are in the process of turning it into an extensive facility that will offer freshly butchered meats of all kinds and fresh made deli fare.

“We had to first deconstruct before we could reconstruct,” Rose Gallington said of the building “It’s going along really well and things are falling into place. It never goes as fast as you want it to. We’re hoping to be open by the third week in July. We wanted to be open by early July, but with construction you can only move so fast.”

There were virtually no water lines into the former public works building, except for a small bathroom in back, so the Gallingtons had to have contractors saw out concrete in the floors to lay water and drainage lines.

When all is said and done, the business will feature a 1,500-square-foot business space out front with offices, a break room, a large bathroom, processing room and cold and freezer storage in the back.

“We want to have plenty of room,” said Rose, who will run the business. ““We have room for additional expansion, so whatever happens down the line we have room for.”

The couple also owns Wynooche Valley Meats, a custom-cutting meat shop on Old Wynooche Road, where they also raise their own beef cattle, but they won’t be offering that meat for sale as it is not USDA certified.

“Everything in here has to be USDA (certified), so we are sourcing Pacific Northwest beef, which is going to be grass-fed — probably from Oregon and Eastern Washington.”

There will also be pork, chicken, fish and all the other protein essentials — with a meat cutter on staff — but the deli will also offer sandwiches to go, along with salads and soups.

“We’ll be offering awesome sandwiches, and all our soups and salads are going to be homemade,” said Rose.

“We also want to do quality fast food for families — pre-made meat loaf, enchiladas, loaded baked potatoes, kebabs, stuff like that — and we’re going to offer some produce to go with it, so you can always come get your dinner.

“We’re really going to work hard on that, because I know as a working person how hard it is to prepare a good meal for your family. You simply run out of time,” Rose said.