"We sell to a lot of delicatessens. You have delicatessens in Philly, right?"
Larry Cohen, the chief operating officer of Restaurant Depot, is describing his typical customer -- the corner pizza shop, the local catering hall, the non-profit that holds events, the neighborhood bagel shop. The delicatessen.
Yes, Cohen is assured, we have delicatessens in Philly -- even one called, uh, Delicatessen -- we just usually call them hoagie shops. No, not sub shops.
Restaurant Depot, the Maspeth, NY-born chain of kitchen equipment and food suppliers, has 99 locations nationwide, including one at 5002 Ridge Ave. The Manayunk location, Cohen said, was among the first half-dozen Restaurant Depots, and the chain is now part of the same company that operates Jetro Cash and Carry warehouses.
In the next few months, the warehouse store will move from the leased Manayunk site to a new standalone store at 2950 Roberts Ave., adjacent to the Bakers Centre shopping plaza now under construction at the old Tastykake site. Cohen said his company bought their parcel independent of the larger project, which is anchored by a Brown's Shop-Rite, but it is being marketed along with the whole plan and there is shared access to the site.
Amy Z. Quinn developed an interest in planning and land use while covering rapidly-developing South Jersey suburbs for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and later wrote extensively about urban and beachfront redevelopment for the Asbury Park Press.