Town Hall Deli Will Make Way for 7-Eleven

Owner says he is making efforts to open a new location -- preferably in South Orange.


The owner of the confirmed Thursday night that the deli will move to a new location, effectively making way for a 7-Eleven to open up at the 60 Valley Street location in South Orange.

What is still unknown is whether or not the deli will remain in South Orange or move to a different town.

“We are continuing to review a variety of options, both here and in other nearby towns,” said owner Tony Wonski in a statement emailed to Patch. “It is, of course, our goal to preserve the 85-year Town Hall Deli tradition here in South Orange.”

Wonski said he is talking to several landlords in South Orange, trying to find a new location in town. He added that he is open to speaking to others who might have space available.

“I believe this move will enable additional flexibility for future growth for the Deli as well as the [liquor store] side of the business,” Wonksi said.

“I appreciate everyone's support of an institution synonymous with South Orange,” he added, “and hope to have a transition that is as seamless as possible. Thanks to everyone for their past – and hopefully continued – patronage."

Wonski does not anticipate the move to take place for at least a few months.

Lisa Ulrich August 28, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Barbara McCarthy August 30, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I think this is a terrible move. Another small business pushed out for a chain store...
Moose September 02, 2012 at 02:39 PM
This town does not need a chain store! We have this beautiful quaint town and we will ruin it with these kinds of business moves. I cannot believe we may lose Town Hall. It is such a shame that such a historic business is getting pushed out. The big problem is the commercial rents in this town! Doesn't anyone ever notice how all the interesting shops wind up leaving because of the rents. There are a handful of landlords that seem to own everything and they charge so much because they can. Then, in addition to losing stores, we wind up with a load of ugly empty spaces in town while they search for businesses who can afford theirent.
Robert September 03, 2012 at 12:46 PM
What a disappointment. I didn't move to this town to pay these taxes for 7-11 blight up and down Valley Street.
Richard Crossin November 21, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Doesn't South Orange have an ordinance discouraging or prohibiting chains like 7-11?


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