What’s the secret of success for Fagundes Meats & Catering Inc.?

Is it the quality meats at fair prices?

How about the friendly and knowledgeable customer service?

Or the tasty barbecue tri-tip beef sandwiches served up each Friday?

“You just answered your own question,” said owner Frank Teixeira.

Fagundes Meats & Catering is an old fashion butcher shop located at 142 Jason St. in Manteca, serving much of Northern California for well over 40 years.

According to Teixeira, his stepfather and other relatives opened the business on May 1, 1976.

Among the services offered are: Custom cuts and fresh daily products; Fagundes’ very own barbecue sauce and seasonings; deli sandwiches made to order; and meat packages starting off at 20 pounds on up.

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The staff at Fagundes Meats is friendly and knowledgeable about all the meats, seasonings and sauces they carry.

As for the latter, the business has thrived under the current threat of grocery stores low on basic food necessities – try milk, eggs, bread, and some meat products.

Teixeira took note of the number of customers coming in and ordering large bulk meat packs as well as having available meats for those striking out on such products at their local supermarket.

For that, he’s thankful for his suppliers for their timely delivery of products to satisfy customers.

“Our meat counter is full right now,” Teixeira said.

Fagundes Meats & Catering is doing that and much more amid the stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re having to do things a little different,” he said. “We’re limiting the number of people that can come into the store. When we reach that limit, we’ll have the other people wait outside.”

Through it all, Fagundes Meats & Catering is here and open for business.

“We plan on staying open,” Teixeira said.

Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays.

For more information, call (209) 239-4184 or log on to www.fagundesmeats.com / www.fagundescatering.com.