A local deli wants a slice of the Innsbrook crowd.
Padow’s Hams and Deli plans to move its store at the corner of Gaskins Road and West Broad Street down the road to an Innsbrook shopping center. The new, smaller location should be a better fit for the 25-year-old ham and sandwich shop, said company president Sidney Padow.
“It’s considerably less space and considerably less rent,” Padow said. “We have a big back room we aren’t using now, and this new spot is a lot more affordable.”
The new deli, which will be next door to Hondos at 4120 Cox Road, is about 2,800 square feet. That’s half the size of their current space at 9864 W. Broad St., Padow said.
It will be across the street from the Innsbrook Shoppes, a shopping center that includes Capital Ale House, Joey’s Hot Dogs and Boychik’s Deli.
Padow said he’s confident there’s enough business to support both family-owned delis in the area.
“There’s [tens of thousands of] people working in Innsbrook, and I just need 150 of them a day,” Padow said. “I’m not trying to knock anyone out of business.”
The move comes just over a month after Padow’s closed the doors on its longstanding location in the Shops at Willow Lawn.
The company turned over the keys to the Willow Lawn restaurant after falling behind on rent and filing in November for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Padow said the move to Innsbrook is another way for the deli to cut costs and to keep the business viable.
“We’re trying to regroup and move forward,” Padow said. “We could always be busier, but sales have been good. We’re not planning on going anywhere.”
The deli has been in the space at 9864 W. Broad St. since 2005. It will remain open until the move to Innsbrook. It is Padow’s only corporate-owned store. It also has six franchised locations.
Padow said that the move is in the early stages and that there’s no timeline for when the deli would reopen on Cox Road. The new location will likely be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Bob Atack, a local developer who owns the property, said Padow’s should complement some of the other restaurants that are already in the strip.
“We think it’s a perfect fit,” Atack said. “They’ve been in business for generations.”
Atack said that the space has been vacant since he bought the building in 2011 and that the deli would have to renovate it. He said that he would split the cost of the renovations with Padow’s but that’s it’s too early to provide a cost estimate.
John Jay Schwartz, managing director of commercial real estate firm Have Site Will Travel, represented Padow’s in landing the space.