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Jeannette's C&S has shipped roast beef all over country

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Margie Stanislaw | The Jeannette Spirit
C&S Market on Division Street has been open in Jeannette since the 1950s.
Margie Stanislaw | The Jeannette Spirit
C&S Market owner Sam Thomas inside the store on Division Street.

C&S Market, currently owned and operated by Sam Thomas, has been in Jeannette since 1955 when the store was opened by his parents, the late Cecelia and Salvatore Thomas Sr.

The store has always been located at 525 Division St.

Customer Nancy Annarumo said she likes shopping at C&S Market because of “great customer service. He's (Thomas) the best — fast service and the meats are awesome. It is also very convenient.”

The Thomas family have been lifelong residents of Jeannette. Thomas' wife, Mary Anne, is also a small business owner in the city She operates the Dance Factory, which has been open for 34 years and is located on Clay Avenue.

The Thomas' have three children, all graduates of Jeannette High School. Brian lives in Jeannette. Daughter Sarah and her husband, Nick Ponzetti, and their two children, Dominico and Lorenzo, also reside in Jeannette.

Son Jordan, lives in Maryland and works in the federal prison system.

Thomas said what he likes about Jeannette is “all the good local people. People in Jeannette help each other out. I believe that we should support local businesses and each other.”

Although he has a large customer base in Jeannette, Thomas also gets a lot of business from the areas surrounding the city.

C&S Market is well known for its Italian roast beef, which is a secret family recipe developed by his father. The Italian roast beef is a good seller and Thomas said, “We make it fresh every day. We have shipped to Florida, California and everywhere in between.”

Visitors to the store can see a map that shows all the locations where the roast beef has been shipped.

In addition to the Italian roast beef and homemade soups, the shop carries a full line of fresh cut meats, homemade sausage, frozen items and deli items.

“Eating habits change from summer to winter,” said Thomas. “In summer, customers lean toward fresh-cut steaks, burgers, hot dogs and baby back ribs. In the winter, it is more stuffed pork chops, stuffed chicken breast, oven-ready meatloaf and beef and pork roasts.”

Thomas is quick to add that C&S is not just a meat store. He also carries seafood which is delivered every Thursday. Thomas also stocks bread and produce.

C&S Market is open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to noon.

The store is closed Mondays. Customers can call ahead for an order to be ready for pick up. When ordering roast beef for a large gathering, customers can place an order, drop off a roaster and it will be cooked and ready at pick up.

Margie Stanislaw is a freelance writer.