Bronx man holds grand opening of Fordham Meat Center
A Bronx man, who worked his way up from a floor sweeper of a butcher shop to become the owner, held the grand opening of his Fordham Meat Center Saturday.
Dennis Silva says he never imagined that meat would become his bread and butter. Silva began sweeping floors at age 13 at a meat shop on Westchester Avenue. He put himself through college while working there and at the age of 22 was able to buy the business. He says when the rent went up, he changed locations to Davidson Avenue and expanded. His new location is three times the size of the old meat shop and he now has 35 employees.
Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion says Silva's meat center is a great addition to the Fordham community. Silva says the most important lesson he learned from his rise from floor sweeper to store owner is that there is no substitute for hard work and long hours.
Silva received help from the Bronx Initiative Economic Development Cooperation and two private banks to finance his $1.2 million expansion.