2000-01-15 / Front Page

Where's The Beef?

Loeb & Mayer May Pack It In

Loeb & Mayer, a wholesale supplier of meats, has sold certain assets of its business to a Long Island based company.

By John McLoughlin

Loeb & Mayer, a wholesale supplier of meats based in Rockaway for more than 100 years, has transferred its distribution business to Long Island, with possible plans underway to close the remaining Rockaway operation.

Starting as a butcher shop, Loeb & Mayer has expanded to supply meat and meat products to restaurants, hospitals, and institutions throughout the tri-state area.

Julius Loeb and William Mayer opened the doors of their new butcher shop in 1893, at the corner of Dodge avenue (Beach 81 street) and Rockaway Beach boulevard. They were succeeded in management by William Mayer's son Adolf and he in turn by his son Robert. Robert's sons Barry and Gary Mayer jointly manage the company, which has been located at Beach 64 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard since the 1960's.

Barry Mayer said that "certain assets" of Loeb & Mayer have been sold, but the company is still in business in Rockaway. According to Mayer, the distribution business has moved to Long Island, but the shipping business remains on the peninsula. Mayer said there are presently 12 to 15 workers living in Rockaway who are employed by Loeb & Mayer.

Mayer said final decisions should be made next week in regards to the future of the Rockaway location.

If Loeb & Mayer closes its doors in Rockaway, The Wave Publishing Company will become the oldest business on the peninsula.


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