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TooJay's Deli at BayWalk goes kaput


TooJay's deli at BayWalk goes kaput

TooJay's Gourmet Deli at BayWalk has closed, shutting its doors Monday night. Tuesday morning, phone calls to the downtown St. Petersburg location were being routed to the chain's Clearwater facility.

TooJay's president William Korenbaum said the decision to close was not made lightly.

"We have not closed a store in a long time,'' he said by phone from his West Palm Beach office. "I think in all honesty, it's sort of a combination of the erosion in the customer traffic in the center and the overall economic climate that we're all facing,'' he said.

Korenbaum said he "would entertain, down the road,'' a different location for another TooJay's in St. Petersburg.

The BayWalk restaurant had about 40 employees; some were offered other positions.


Two Publixes within a stone's throw

Publix Super Markets will open a store at the former Albertsons across the street from the one in the Northeast Shopping Center. The store is expected to open on Oct. 23, spokeswoman Shannon Patten said.

"It's not uncommon to have two Publix stores within close proximity as long as we have enough customers to sustain them,'' she said.

Patten said that all Albertsons stores purchased by Publix will eventually reopen under the Publix name. The one at 54th Avenue S and 31st Street will open early next year, she said.

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TooJay's Deli at BayWalk goes kaput 10/07/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 9, 2008 3:24pm]
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