LEXINGTON -- Chad and Dani Worth have no plans to change Mary Anne's Meats in Lexington.
"Nothing is going to change, not even the name," Chad Worth said Tuesday. 'We are keeping the same suppliers. We are buying beef from Mary Anne. Everything is going to stay exactly the way she did it.
"It's not broke and I am not going to try to fix it," Worth said.
The Worths recently purchased the popular meat market at 38 Church St. for $450,000, according to recent property transfers filed with the Richland County Auditor's Office.
Worth said he was born and raised in Newark, Ohio, in Licking County, though he he has spent his adult working life in Mount Vernon, where he and his wife live.
"My first job when I was 16 was in a small, mom-and-pop meat shop. When I turned 17, I put a knife in my hand and started cutting meat," he said with a laugh.
Worth said his cousin lives in Lexington and told him Mary Anne Kettering was looking to sell her long-time business, which she opened in 2007.
"Owning my own meat shop has always been a dream of mine," Worth said. "When my cousin told me, I gave Mary Anne a call. We talked and just hit it off. We have become really good friends."
The meat market is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Worth said those hours may be extended in the spring of 2022.
"This community has been so accepting and welcoming to my wife and I," Worth said. "We feel very blessed."