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Old 04-07-2016, 08:06 AM   #1
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Looking for opinions on what to stock in my deli

Hey, all! Just to catch up a bit on what I have been up to. I have bought the deli and meat shop I have been working at. We took over last month. I am planning to add a few more shelves and bring in some imported type food products. Right now, I am going to start with non perishable items like jarred, canned and dried products until we generate a more regular clientele. I am looking at leaning towards European, mainly Italian type products. Gluten free, anti pastas, cooking sauces, pickled and marinated, etc..more specialty items that are not available in the area. I'm putting the shelves in next week and will be making my first order from an Italian importer shortly after that....exciting!

So, fire away. What kinds of products do you look for when shopping in specialty shops? How much are you willing to spend on these products if they are unique and/or only available in your area? Thanks!

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Old 04-07-2016, 08:18 AM   #2
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Exciting news!!!

We have a couple of stores in our area that stock homemade frozen entrees, for classic dishes, everything from lasagna to beans and greens.

Also how about some cooking equipment when you get rolling. If you sell the ingredients and do some in store demonstrations you might be able to sell some pasta machines, espresso makers, imported utensils, etc...

Don't forget to stress the availability of gift certificates and be sure to set up a FB page so the local's know what's going on.

Good luck!
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:20 AM   #3
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Jarred Italian anchovies. I think I'm paying $4 for a small jar. I can only find the cheap tinned anchovies (Cento) in the supermarkets.

There is a local take out establishment that does a pretty good business in fresh pastas. Some of the filled ones are frozen.
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:25 AM   #4
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Have you determined the demographics of the folks in your area? How was the business before you bought it? Did any of the regular customers offer suggestions of what they would like to see in the store, product wise. BTW, you are now married! Some advice, never try to be an "absentee" owner. You will get stolen blind. Seen it happen to other businesses. Good luck in your venture!
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:46 AM   #5
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One of the local kitchen stores sells a variety of olive oils. They are sold from bulk containers and the customers use refillable bottles. I've seen this in a couple of other areas as well.
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Hey, all! Just to catch up a bit on what I have been up to. I have bought the deli and meat shop I have been working at. We took over last month. I am planning to add a few more shelves and bring in some imported type food products. Right now, I am going to start with non perishable items like jarred, canned and dried products until we generate a more regular clientele. I am looking at leaning towards European, mainly Italian type products. Gluten free, anti pastas, cooking sauces, pickled and marinated, etc..more specialty items that are not available in the area. I'm putting the shelves in next week and will be making my first order from an Italian importer shortly after that....exciting!

So, fire away. What kinds of products do you look for when shopping in specialty shops? How much are you willing to spend on these products if they are unique and/or only available in your area? Thanks!
The French butter with large salt crystals in it (Isigny?). I know it's bad for you in all directions but it really is delicious on jacket potatoes or boiled new/baby potatoes, toast, (english)muffins, etc.

It's OK, I don't expect you to really stock it.

Seriously, what about home-made cakes? We have a deli in the village which has cakes made by a couple of "housewives" rather than the deli staff. Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Guinness cake or a really good, buttery, lemon drizzle cake, meringues with fruit and cream ......And then I wonder why I'm putting on weight!
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:58 AM   #7
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Congratulations Roch! I sometimes look for fresh specialty items such as guanciale or pancetta, real prosciutto de Parma or San Danielle.

For non-perishables, I'd look for the harder to get, higher quality version of stuff like capers, anchovies, oils, balsamics, etc.

Sounds like you're going to have some fun. Good luck!
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:14 AM   #8
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Looking for opinions on what to stock in my deli

Congratulations, Rock! That's so exciting!

Maybe take a look at some of the Little Italy deli sites, like the one in Philly. Can't remember the name, but they had some delicious stuff. One thing I really loved there was their little fresh mozzarella balls that were wrapped around a little pickled pepper. They were stored in a big jar of water. They made their moz fresh daily. My brother bought them for us, but I think they charged around $1 per bite-size ball.
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Old 04-07-2016, 11:20 AM   #9
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This is terrific news and I'm really happy for you!!!

I know that Trader Joe's isn't in Canada, but it's my favorite specialty food store and much can be learned from the kind of products they offer, naturally on a small scale in your case. There are several threads here about TJ's, and lots of other info on line.
I only hope you have time to keep us posted on your exciting new chapter in your life, and good luck!!
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:18 PM   #10
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TJ's is a great idea for inspiration, Kay.
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