Big Jim’s Deli Announces It Will Close After 38 Years at Cross Street Market

| December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

After 38 years in business, Big Jim’s Deli announced it will close at the Cross Street Market on December 16th. Owner Anna Epsilantis posted the following to Big Jim’s Facebook page:

In 1979 when my Dad, Big Jim, asked me to fill in at the deli until he found new help, I had no idea I would still be here today. Over the past 38 years, I have met so many good people and made many good friends. I want to thank you all for your support and being part of my life. The new redevelopment team and I have mutually agreed to part ways. I plan to close my family business on December 16, 2017. I wish the remaining merchants and the new merchants in the Cross Street Market the best of luck.

Big Jim’s Deli has a 7-day Beer/Wine license. That license can be transferred to a new location or sold to another business in Federal Hill or Baltimore City.

Epsilantis declined to provide any additional comments to SouthBMore.com.

Big Jim’s is hosting a Heavy Seas tap takeover on Thursday, December 14th. From Baltimore Beer Baron:

Baltimore Beer Week co-founder Joe Gold, a native of nearby Brooklyn, has visited Cross Street Market regularly since he was 5 years old. “We’d do the shopping there every Saturday with my grandmother and I’d be the guy that carried the bags.” He’s known Epsilantis for more than 30 years. Gold, whose day job is with Heavy Seas Brewing, was stunned when he heard the news of the impending closure and put together the tap takeover to give her a proper send-off.

Cross Street Market is being redeveloped by Caves Valley Partners (CVP). Cana Development is leasing the property and Mackenzie is overseeing construction and property management. The collective team took over in January.

CVP recently announced that four new stalls will open soon at Cross Street Market. Four existing businesses have also agreed to extensions, and three new businesses have been announced and will join the market in the future.

The Flower Shop, Mondawmin Chicken, and Tian’s Teriyaki have recently closed at the Cross Street Market. The Flower Shop relocated to 1206 Ridgely St. in Pigtown/Carroll-Camden Industrial Area.

The revised plan for the redevelopment of the market allows for the facility and its merchants to stay open throughout the phased renovation process, which is expected to accelerate in early 2018 and be completed by mid-2019. The middle section of the block-long market will be renovated first. During the construction, tenants will occupy stalls closer to Light St. and S. Charles St. Exterior improvements will also be included in the first phase.

Legislation was created in the Maryland General Assembly this year which allows CVP to apply for a market-wide liquor license.

Read SouthBMore.com’s articles detailing the different aspects of the Cross Street Market redevelopment.

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