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Englund’s under new ownership
February 8, 2017

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In November, Englund's Deli, at Weaver's Corner Shopping Center changed hands.

Five days after a short changover, it reopened its doors under new ownership, featuring a new look on the inside, but many of the same great deli items.

Travis Gillern bought the deli in November from Robin Worth, and went to work on some upgrades, with plans to expand the business into Fort Myers and maybe Naples.

Gillern had been a frequent customer at Englund's for about 10 years. He said he owned other businesses, including a deli, River Station Deli on Hancock Bridge Parkway.

"I sold that deli. A couple called me when Englund's shut down. I know a lot of people in the community had been going there much longer," Gillern said. "They always had good food. It just needed a revival."

When people started coming to the door as a way to show they wanted their favorite deli reopened, Gillern put Englund's on the fast track, as there was a demand for it. He gutted the place down to the drywall and redid everything.

"My main motivation was to get it renovated and open it as soon as possible. We had people coming to the door and we stayed and finished it off," Gillern said.

The new Englund's features hand-built tables with wireless TVs at them and metal roofing that serves as wallpaper on the lower side walls, with camo wallpaper on the upper part.

They also changed the cutting equipment, but not the menu, at least not that much. They also have the same company deliver bread, which arrives about 7 a.m., when they arrive to work.

"The meats were upgraded a little bit, we slice everything the morning of. We've experimented with different styles from what was here," Gillern said. "We have fresh salads and soups that can be purchased by the pound and an expanded menu, with many of the old offerings and some new additions."

They will continue to offer the traditional seven-inch subs and the giant 14-inchers, with the Super Italian and the Blockbuster being the favorites.

"I'm looking forward to continuing what's been here for more than 20 years. We're looking to open one in Fort Myers across from the Edison Mall," Gillern said. "We've taken a spin on what was here and improved on it."

Englund's is open for catering, dine-in and will soon be implementing delivery.

Englund's Deli is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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