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This deli is a STAPLE in this neighborhood. In fact, when ever freddie closes the shop to go play on a local soccer league people line up and wait for an hour just to get a sandwich. Men and women that deliver all over Fort Sanders get their lunch at the IGA. Why would they do that, when there are so many other options on the strip and in the Fort ? Well, because it is THAT good.
You attacked the owner in a very racially insensitive way. To call him Arabic and then spout about him being just a cashier is the most egregious part of this article. Freddie is quite possibly one of the nicest people I have met in the fort, and he is certainly the nicest shop owner in Fort Sanders and I might even be inclined to say Cumberland ave as well. He always greets me with a smile, we discuss daily goings on, politics, local news stories... etc. I will have you know that Freddie is actually an asset to us students and residents because he responsibly sells alcohol and does not allow his patrons of lesser assets to drink themselves silly and parade around our neighborhood. I could not say the same for 17th street deli and Firedog deli.
I agree with the person above. Did you even ask his name ? Did you stop to talk to him if even for awhile ? Did you ask him what Arabic television show he was watching ? Did you give him any clue that when you left you would be writing a scathing report about him and his store completely neglectful of truth ?
On the quality and content of his store. That IGA is perfectly clean. I eat there all the time and the only thing I ever walked away with was a fully satisfied stomach. In fact, when I am done finishing one of his deli sandwiches I am already thinking about what I will have next time I go. His prices are comparable to everywhere else in the fort, and MUCH better than the Walgreens most students without cars frequent. Plus, its privately owned and operated. Would you prefer a Walmart to open up in the fort as long as it is in a Victorian house ? Or how about we all go on campus and pay Aramark 50 dollars for a box of cereal and some milk.
Now, on to the dog you insulted.Three dogs actually live in that home and they are all the sweetest dogs. With an aura like yours though, I wouldn't be surprised if you attracted every bark in the fort.
I moved from the other side of 17th street to this side and I couldn't have been happier. It is wonderful to have local store owners and operators who have been here for so long. It is wonderful to have a personal friendship with the person I buy my food and groceries from.
I know that was rambling. But to be perfectly honest I am so stunned that this is what you got out of IGA.
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