Est. 1971 Our Story


The Chop Shop is a family owned and operated, high quality butcher shop and grocer in Manatee County with everything from gourmet items to everyday savings. Doug Stivers, the owner originally began his career in Kentucky when he returned from serving in the military and then served as a police officer in NYC.  In 1970 he decided to return to Kentucky and opened a small general store. Then, he moved to Florida to partner with his brother,Steve “Boyd” Stivers, who had been in the meat business throughout his entire life and had just opened The Chop Shop in 1971. Doug is now semi-retired, but he is frequently seen in the store to either shop or oversee his children, who now run the business.  When they say a family business… they truly embrace their customers as family also. Throughout the 45 years,The Chop Shop has been committed to the promise of customer satisfaction and today their promise is the same. Satisfaction Guaranteed! After all, the best meals start with the best ingredients!
Our meat comes from family ranches located in the USA ONLY.
  • Our animals eat 100% vegetarian feed with no by products.
  • Our animals live outdoors and in clean comfortable environments.
  • This type of monitoring of our animals lends itself to the very best natural meat with the best taste and uncompromising quality!