Baldino’s Giant Jersey Subs close 2 places in Fayetteville NC
Baldino’s Giant Jersey Subs has closed two of its remaining four stores, but the owner of the longtime Fayetteville-based deli chain said that’s good news.
The stores at 915 Bingham Drive in Fayetteville and 5621 Rockfish Road in Hope Mills closed on December 11. The delicatessen stores at 102 S. Eastern Blvd. and 3018 Fort Bragg Road remain open.
Baldino is also closed locations on Owen Drive and Ramsey Street in 2020.
Owner Peter Pappas, whose father Bill bought the first Baldino from the original owner in 1977, said the recall would be good for his family.
âWe can enjoy what we’ve built a little better,â he said.
A tenant rents both locations, intending to turn one into a tobacconist and keep the other as a delicatessen, Pappas said.
Pappas, who also works in commercial real estate and thrives in the construction industry, said talks to lease the other locations have been underway for some time. He compared the tenants to his father, who emigrated from Greece with only a few lines of English and little more than a strong work ethic.
âI hope they make a million dollars in our spots,â he said.
Sales were equally strong at all four sites, Pappas said. While the decision to close the two spots was not directly linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pappas said the pandemic had forced him to pivot the business and reassess his future.
Baldino’s was founded in 1975 by Bill Baer. A year later, Bill Pappas joined the company and in 1977 bought the Bragg Boulevard location and licensed the name, while Baer left to open the Baldino locations in Georgia.
At its peak in the 1980s, there were 10 Baldino locations in the Fayetteville area.
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Baldino’s and its bright yellow signage are decidedly retro, and Pappas has said he has no plans to change it, but there will be a few updates coming to the two remaining locations. A separate counter for online and delivery orders, along with the integration of DoorDash, will soon be added to the Eastern Boulevard grocery store, while Pappas works on plans to redevelop the Fort Bragg Road spot to give the space a more “modern and dynamic” feel.
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There were 15 items on the menu when Baldino first opened. Back then, a half-submarine cost $ 1.50. These days it’s around $ 6, although the deli still has a rotating list of daily specials for $ 3.99.
Aside from the occasional price increase, not much has changed.
âIt was with Baldino that people grew up in Fayetteville,â Pappas said.
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