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 email@example.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."