More Than a Meat Market or Deli
Alwan’s prides itself on being more than just a meat market or deli. It’s a known name in the community and has been for more than 80 years.
When Oscar Alwan immigrated to American in the 1930’s he planted his roots in the Peoria, IL area in the hopes of creating a better life for his Lebanese family. He opened a grocery store and by the late 1950’s the family began focusing on distributing quality meats to area residents and fine dining restaurants within the 100-mile radius of Peoria.
Over several decades, generations of Alwan fathers and sons attended to the needs of the evolving business. Expansion into retail during the 1990’s offered customers an opportunity to purchase succulent cuts of meat without traveling 50 miles to purchase it.
The Easter Wholesale Transition
On Easter day of 2006, the extended Alwan family and the current 3rd generation of owners – cousins Brian, Joe Jr., and Patrick Alwan finished an old-fashioned Easter dinner and then, as a family, began moving equipment and inventory to the current retail location. This completed the transition from a 97% wholesale meats and 10% retail business to one that is now 97% retail and 10% wholesale. It began a new chapter in the storied family history of the Alwan and Sons Meat Company.
There aren’t many family business with more than 80 years of continual service in the same community
That family legacy of providing traditional, high-quality food and exceptional service to customers is something that everyone at Alwan’s is conscious of. It shows in the way they run their business.
As Brian Alwan says, we strive to make people feel that they’re welcome here. We take time to give people good advice, and to send people home with recipe cards. The reward for us is knowing we helped someone make the best quality dinner they’ve ever made, or to know we’ve taken some of the stress out of cooking, or to hear someone praise the food in our deli.
The Alwan Boys
Joe Alwan, Jr.