From a banker to a butcher 10 years ago a Paul Anthony Koury left a nearly 20-year career in banking to open his own business. A decade later Koury's and Paul Anthony's Butcher Market is thriving and providing customers with some of the highest quality food in the metro.
For Koury, who is on Lebanese descent, is in his blood.
"In Lebanese food, so much of it is meat, so I'm surrounded by the meat, abundance of food at the dinner table," Koury explained. "That's what I grew up with."
That is where Koury's love for food began and now you can say he is now spreading the love in the form of market prime beef, pork, chicken and fresh seafood. It was because the area lacked the aforementioned products that Koury decided to open his market in 2003.
"I don't think there was anything of a small butcher shop in the state of Mississippi until I opened in 2003," Koury said.
It was in 2003 that Koury abandoned a 17 year career in banking to become one of the Magnolia State's few, pure butchers.
"Butchering has been a lost art, in the last 10 years there's been a resurgence of that across the country."
His motivation for opening a market providing specialty meats and products was not simply because he saw a need for good eats, but a need for food IQ.
"Nurture the knowledge of people of food having different stuff that you talk one-on-one about instead of something pre-packaged," Koury said.
"I's that one-on-one approach,taking time to educate and cater to customers which has allowed Koury to expand. He now employs 10 people at two markets.
He opened a new butcher shop in Gluckstadt last fall. In Jackson they moved from Highland Village to Canton Mart Square earlier this year.
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