SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – When the Spring Street Country Market in South Salem closed in the fall, it left a void for deli lovers in the hamlet.
But those who have lamented the loss of their egg sandwiches and coffee in the morning and pastrami on rye in the afternoon should take heed.
Nat Mundy, founder of Grand Prix New York in Mount Kisco, and his partner Greg Capanetto have bought the market and plan to have a new store ready to open by the first week in March. The new enterprise – Cap’s Country Market and Deli – will be much more than just a delicatessen.
“It will combine a deli with a market that features staples like tuna, ground beef, eggs, milk, toilet paper and laundry detergent,” Mundy said.
Mundy said he doesn’t expect the store to replace DeCicco’s and other major supermarkets in Lewisboro. But he said its convenience will be key for people in the area who just need a few items quickly, and don’t want to travel to Cross River or Vista.
“We’ll have dinners to go and pizza and things like that, and we’ll just be a stone’s throw away from the 400 homes in this area,” he said. “Mom can get them on the way home. We will also have beer and wine products.”
Mundy’s store will be the third one at the Spring Street location in the past 20 months. He says the others failed because they relied solely on being a deli.
“The marketplace has changed,” he said. “You can’t be just a ‘deli’ anymore. We will also have high-quality butcher meats, including steak, ground beef, pork chops and chicken cutlets. A lot of it will be pre-marinated.”
Mundy said the deli side of the business will cater to a variety of tastes. He’ll carry Boar’s Head meats and create a variety of sandwiches named after parts of the community and the school district. There will be salads, hot dogs and an array of hot meals. Plus, the hours will be expanded. He’ll open at 5:30 a.m. for commuters rushing to the train, and he’ll stay open until 9 p.m. serving his pizza and other hot meals for those getting home late.
Mundy, who lives in New Canaan, Conn., said he would drive by the market frequently while visiting his fiancée in South Salem. Then one day, he noticed that it had closed for good, and he began making inquiries.
“The life of an entrepreneur is the life of ‘what’s the next project?’ ” he said. “This is low-impact and it’s something that the community needs. This isn’t going to be a hobby. It’s a business. We hope to hire some Lewisboro youth and build a business that will last.”