Fischer Meats celebrates 100 years

February 9, 2010

Chris Cheichi, owner of Fischers Meats, trims fat from more than a dozen porterhouse steaks to put in the display case of the 100-year-old business on Front Street North. By Greg Farrar

Chris Cheichi has known little else in his life than working the business that he loves.

“My uncle owned a grocery store in South Seattle, where I got my start at the meat counter when I was 14,” Cheichi said. “And that’s all I’ve done ever since.”

Forty-four years ago, when Cheichi was just getting his start in the meat industry, Fischer meats had also reached 44 years — serving the Issaquah community.

The two have synched up in 2010 — owner Cheichi is inviting the community to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fischer Meats.

After short stints in sales positions, Cheichi always found himself coming back to the public market, serving up meats of all varieties.

In 1981, an opportunity arose he couldn’t pass up. Read more

Burglar hits downtown’s Fischer Meats

April 2, 2009

NEW — 6:30 p.m. April 2, 2009

A burglar broke a lock and stole about $100 from a Front Street butcher shop overnight April 2. A nearby bicycle store also appeared to have been targeted, but a thief’s attempt to break into that shop was unsuccessful.

Fischer Meats, 85 Front St. N., was targeted between 6:30 p.m. April 1 – when employees left and locked the store – and 7 a.m. today. Owner Chris Chiechi said a thief used locking pliers to pop a lock at the store’s front entrance. The burglar stole about $70 worth of coins from a change drawer behind the display cases.

The thief did not steal the pennies kept in the drawer.

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