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Marlons Meats are back in the Game!

franpelyk Oct 15, 2013 09:11 AM

So I was walking on Yonge St and decided to drop into Marlons Meats, formerly known as The Butcher and famous for being the poster child of what can go wrong with discount coupons etc. I was surprised and pleased. The counters were full of both raw, marinated and prepared meats, poultry and sausages. The staff were courteous and helpful.

I don't think Marlon was there, but I certainly got the sense that they've learned avaluable lesson and are back in the game full speed ahead. I did note that Rowe Farms, a few blocks south, was empty!

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    gloriousfoodwanted Oct 16, 2013 02:11 PM

    I go by there fairly regularly. It has always looked open and sometimes you could see Marlon. If the store closed recently it wasn't for very long.

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    1. re: gloriousfoodwanted
      foodyDudey Oct 16, 2013 02:45 PM

      Maybe you need to read this to get up to speed on the Marlon files: http://www.thestar.com/business/perso...

    2. sloweater Oct 15, 2013 06:24 PM

      The Hamburglar is back! Robble, robble, robble!

      1. Full tummy Oct 15, 2013 12:13 PM

        How long till their first coupon deal?

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        1. re: Full tummy
          franpelyk Oct 15, 2013 12:58 PM

          I suspect they won't be going down that bumpy road again!

          1. re: franpelyk
            justxpete Oct 15, 2013 01:28 PM

            Are they still honouring the old coupons that people tried to cash in before they shut down?

            1. re: justxpete
              franpelyk Oct 15, 2013 02:17 PM

              I don't know. I was fortunate enough to watch everyone else and to learn. Having watched that, and other fiascos, I don't think il ever purchase a coupon from any establishment.

              1. re: franpelyk
                ylsf Oct 15, 2013 09:43 PM

                Did you actually buy something from this place? I could never support someone with such shady business practices even if I didn't get screwed myself.

                1. re: ylsf
                  franpelyk Oct 16, 2013 12:31 PM

                  That's a very fair question given the history of this store. I have spoken to the owner in the past, since the coupon scandal. My impression was, that he walked into this program with certain expectations in business revenue, only to find out that essentially the "deal was not the deal" and I suspect he took a large financial hit as well.

                  Having said that, Marlon dos not appear as a stupid man and I think he's made some good strides to right the ship and he seems to be selling a top notch product with great service, so I'm prepared to give him another chance. Again, I didn't lose any money on the coupon thing, so I can certainly understand how people much feel totally ripped off and not want to go back.

                  1. re: franpelyk
                    ylsf Oct 16, 2013 01:58 PM

                    My point of view is that he is either stupid or a fraudster....

                    Anyway, glad you found a place to buy your meat from.

                    Just want to point out that besides all of the voucher issues there were a lot of other significant business operation issues like
                    - lack of transparency on the source of his meats
                    - listing suppliers that he hadn't dealt with in years
                    - listing suppliers as his organic meat yet when the suppliers were contacted they said they don't sell any organic products
                    - etc.

                    1. re: ylsf
                      justxpete Oct 16, 2013 02:01 PM

                      I didn't get burnt, but I would never buy from a scam artist. If he were honouring those coupons he ripped people off of, then, there'd be a small chance I'd give him the benefit of doubt. Small. Chance.

                      1. re: justxpete
                        franpelyk Oct 16, 2013 02:38 PM

                        Not a small chance......I suspect NO chance

                        1. re: justxpete
                          JennaBean Oct 17, 2013 07:46 AM

                          Beyond the coupon issues the lying about his suppliers is just unacceptable. This is not a person of good integrity IMO.

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                            Helen Oct 17, 2013 07:58 AM


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                              justxpete Oct 17, 2013 10:05 AM

                              Ah. I didn't know about the lying-about-his-suppliers part.

                  2. re: justxpete
                    Helen Oct 15, 2013 02:32 PM

                    I threw mine away ages ago

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