From the Daily News:
One of the city's best-known German butchers became the latest casualty of the recession when it closed the doors of its last remaining family-owned store last week.
Faced with slumping sales and changing demographics, owners of Karl Ehmer Quality Meats were forced to call it quits at their Ridgewood manufacturing plant and butcher shop, which opened in 1958.
The once-flourishing chain of more than 50 stores from New York to Florida is best known for its German meats, such as bratwurst, knockwurst and frankfurters.
The first store was opened by Hanssler's grandfather in 1932 on 46th St. and Second Ave. in Manhattan. Today, there are still six Karl Ehmer stores in New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, but they are all independently owned.
Hanssler, who has run the family business for about 40 years with his brother Alan, recently sold the brand to Bosco's Family Food Company, a distributor based in Oceanside, L.I.