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SHARON, Pa. - A family-run meat market in Sharon is preparing for the auction block.

Hanson's Farm Fresh Meats will close on August 24, as the owner enters a new chapter of his life-- retirement.

Lee Hanson has been a butcher his entire life, taking after his father who started the Sharon business in 1935.

"I think he'd be very proud to know that I was able to carry on the business for a second generation," Hanson says.

Hanson's father, Herbert, noticed a niche market and decided to begin selling meat out of the back of his truck during the middle of the Great Depression. Hanson says his father knew people would appreciate getting the most out of what money they had.

"The war came along and he couldn't buy tires for his truck anymore, and he was kind of forced to make a change," Hanson says.

Since then, customers from as far as Youngstown and Grove City have grown up serving the meat products he sells, on their dinner tables.

Keeping the small business going wasn't always smooth sailing. Hanson says he's faced challenges over the years as it's been difficult to find workers trained in his trade.

Instead of handing down the family tradition like his father, Hanson has advised his children to stay on their own paths.

As he fills his final orders, Hanson remains hopeful someone else will take over.

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