“All in the family”
In 1929, when John Bianchetti was just 18 years old, he founded a meat shop called “Peoples Old Market” on San Pedro St with the help of his sister. Ten years later, he moved the facility over to Pico Blvd, where the business still operates today.
“The whole landscape of the area was very different (then),” Brian Bianchetti, the 28-year-old, fourth-generation owner of the company says.
He and his father, 60-year-old Mark Bianchetti (and third-generation owner), researched old records in Downtown’s Central Library to learn more about the history of their family business. They found from an old schematic that Peoples Old Market was situated in the middle of a rather residential area, and served as the neighborhood butcher shop. Nowadays, the houses are gone and replaced with industrial businesses.