The owner of Chickie’s Italian Deli, the self-proclaimed originator of the veggie hoagie at 1014 Federal St., has put his building and business up for sale. But Henry George apparently doesn’t plan to get out of the sandwich business.
The original price was a whopping $1 million for the business and apartment upstairs, a renovated bilevel 2-bedroom, 2 bath, according to Philly mag’s blog Property. It has since been lowered to $750,000 only a few weeks later.
Incidentally, we’re ashamed to say that we had no idea how popular Chickie’s was until a boatload of readers emailed us worrying that the business would close. Rest easy, folks. George told The Insider that he hopes to open a another shop nearby:
George explains that divorce is forcing the sale, but he intends to relocate to a “bigger, better” shop within a block or two. Same ingredients and employees. “We don’t even want to skip a beat,” he said, adding that he hopes to keep the Chickie’s name.
So, elucidate us, dear readers. What should we get at Chickie’s for our first sample?