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Business as Usual for Chelmsford Meat House Despite Corporate Struggles

Several corporately owned Meat House locations in New Hampshire and Maine face lawsuits and have closed, but the local franchise remains open.

The Meat House remains open despite struggles at corporately owned shops. (File Photo)
The Meat House remains open despite struggles at corporately owned shops. (File Photo)
Corporately owned Meat House locations are in the midst of legal troubles, being forced to close several stores in New Hampshire and Maine. But for Chelmsford's local Meat House location, it's business as usual.

New Hampshire television station WMUR reported earlier this week that Meat House faces at least five lawsuits that total more than $580,000. Two of those lawsuits involve accusations of unpaid rent and promissory notes, according to WMUR.

The television station reported that co-owners Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent admitted that Meat House is experiencing financial troubles, and added that they are seeking the help of an investor to help the company bounce back.

But the Carpenter family, owners of Chelmsford's Meat House at 120 Chelmsford Street, recently posted a letter to the community on Patch. The letter assured customers that their shop is independently owned and operated, and thus is running as normal.

"The Carpenter family as a franchisee owner is operated independently and is not in any way connected with The Meat House-Corporate or with the alleged activities and pending legal actions that The Meat House-Corporate currently is involved in," the letter said.

Though several Meat House locations in New Hampshire and Maine have been forced to close because of the controversy, and in Maine investors and employees have said the chain owes them money.

That is not the case in Chelmsford, however, and the Carpenter family encourages anyone with questions to contact Len Carpenter at (781) 789-1737 or by email at lencarpenter120@gmail.com.

"The Carpenter family, Christine, Bea and Len, has always and will continue to operate our store, as we have for the past 3 ½ years, with ethics, quality, service, and community support," the family said. "Please evaluate us based on our business practices and not those of The Meat House-Corporate issues over which we have no control."
steve forte February 28, 2014 at 09:44 AM
The Carpenter family should get back the franchisee fee they had paid. They paid it to get more business thru name recognition. The name recognition they are receiving is negative and having the reverse affect.
Randy Winslow February 28, 2014 at 06:46 PM
The meat house in chelmsford has always been great! Even though the town and chelmsford business association blocked their application for a liquor license was blocked through petty politics.
John Gault February 28, 2014 at 10:17 PM
Could the Meat House not ask for a liquor license again? Does anyone know how long it has to be in between requests? As Mr Kurland and his Tom Brady football throw of measuring if a business should create tax revenue by selling a product is no longer on the board, I'd be interested in the result. I do understand that Mr Harrington is still around, but nonetheless, I'd like to see what happens.
Rob C March 01, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Harrington still has far too much pull in town when it comes to issuing liquor licenses. He thinks that he is the only one that should be allowed to sell booze in town. Part of the reason I will go out of my way to Drum Hill instead of going to his store if I need something quick. otherwise I go to NH where it is cheaper.
John Doe March 01, 2014 at 06:49 PM
Harrington is one of the "insiders" who supports 40B and the Eliopolous building. There are also rumors (probably true) that he flat out asked certain people NOT to approve the meat house license. For that reason I will never ever shop at his store.

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