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New Business Spotlight - Family keeps deli in business

September 11, 2010
  • Wendy and Charles Burkett, standing, are owners of Burkett's Deli at 23 N. Locust St. in Hagerstown. Also pictured are the couple's four children, from left, Nathanael, Elijah, Simon and Jerika. The business previously was the home of Carla's Deli, which closed in September 2009.
Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

Name of business: Burkett's Deli

Owners: Charles and Wendy Burkett

Address: 23 N. Locust St., Hagerstown

Opening date: Grand opening was April 15

Products and services: Grocery items, deli meats and cheeses, hot and cold subs, breakfast items, daily lunch specials, specialty sandwiches and catering for office meetings and parties. The deli also offers a delivery service between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Market area: Hagerstown and Washington County

How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "Wendy and I have lived in the Hagerstown area our whole lives. From a young age, I have enjoyed cooking. I lived at San Mar Children's Home from the age of 5 until I turned 17 and was allowed from time to time to go into the kitchen to 'experiment' and sometimes produce something.

"Most of my life, I have thought about opening a small restaurant, but never had or expected to have the opportunity. Then about four years ago, God blessed our family with the purchase of a property that was home for many years to Carla's Deli, owned by Paul Garvin. I made the purchase with the thought that if the deli closed, I could reopen the deli. Late in September 2009, Carla's Deli closed as Paul and Carla retired. We completely remodeled the place and even our children had a part in the remodel. With the remodel, we put in a full-service kitchen so we could provide hot foods, which were not offered previously."

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Previous business experience: "We have owned and operated Servtec Custodial Inc. for over 14 years."

Number of employees: Six

Hours: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Phone number: 301-745-4431

Website: http://www.burkettsdeli.com

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