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Chickie’s Italian Deli, up for sale, plans to set up ‘bigger, better’ shop nearby

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.


The apartment upstairs is really nice. Check out the listing photos.

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?

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5 Responses to Chickie’s Italian Deli, up for sale, plans to set up ‘bigger, better’ shop nearby

  1. Krissy January 20, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    Chickie’s is by far the best hoagie place in the city. I hope they move closer to my house…. OK, things you have to try, first of all, the soup. It is what I imagine the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld’s soup is like. The escarole there is the best I have ever had. I also highly recommend the Italian Hoagie and the fried tomato sandwich. You really can’t go wrong here. I once grabbed someone else’s sandwich by mistake, it was a chicken cutlet with hoagie toppings, and it was amazing.

  2. Rob January 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    I usually get a turkey & provolone.

  3. Dare January 20, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

    Everything is good, but the veggie hoagie is terrific. I am NOT a vegetarian and it’s usually what I order.

  4. allison January 21, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    oh my! a world without chickie’s would be a sad place. the italian, the turkey and prov, the veggie. anything you get there is delicious!

  5. BethG January 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    The veggie hoagie..and pretty much anything else after that! :)

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