A model windmill points the way to The Old Dutch Store on Highland Drive in Salt Lake City, one of the area's purveyors of products from outside the United States.
Consumers along the Wasatch Front seem to have an increasing food consciousness and the owners of the area’s ethnic food stores and delicatessens believe that has contributed to their recent business improvement.
One such prospering businesses is Shop N Go, an Indian grocery store at 573 E. 300 S. in Salt Lake City, with another location called Cash N Carry at 8750 S. 700 E. in Sandy. The business has grown since the store location was moved three years ago from 400 S. 900 E. to its current location, according to owner Sukhjot Parmar.
The store was opened in 1994 by the Parmar’s father. There are a total of six employees. The staff size has remained the same for the past year. As for future plans, Parmar said he will “see how it goes.” He added that a store like his not only benefits the owner, but it reaches to the whole community.
Qaderi Sweets N Spicez is an Indian-Pakastani grocery supermarket founded in 1997 with two locations: 3546 S. Redwood Rd., West Valley City, and 1785 S. State St., Salt Lake City. “ I believe that business has grown in the past few years,” Asif (Oz) Khanani, the owner, said. “There is more awareness of personal self-health and what items can better your lifestyle and overall health.”
Qaderi Sweets N Spicez carries items from 25 countries and is adding new countries monthly. Countries represented in the current inventory include India, Pakistan, Nepal, Burma, Bhutan, several European and African countries, Iran, Iraq, Bangladesh, Tibet, Sri-Lanka, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Armenia, Saudi Arabia and other Southeast Asian countries. The most recent addition is a restaurant inside the Salt Lake City location.
The store was started by Mohammed Khanani and his sons Yousuf and Asif. There are currently 12 employees. The number of employees has stayed consistent considering there is a familial relationship with his longtime employees. Now that there are locations on both the east and west side of the Salt Lake Valley, the goal is to open a few more locations in the next five years, said Asif Khanani.
The Old Dutch Store, 2696 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, has reported steady business since 2013. The store has not seen a downturn in business amidst all the competition and this has to do with the participation the store has in social media, said Charlie Giacoletto, the manager. The staff maintains an active Facebook page among other media. There are currently eight employees including the manager, up by three in the past year.
The Old Dutch Store’s original owners, Else and Adrian Groos, founded the store in 1976. Sharon Humphreys, whose father worked in the store many years, bought it in 2003. There have been thoughts of expansion, but it is not currently in the works, although catering is being considered for the near future. A couple of the store’s specialties include speculoos, a spiced shortcrust biscuit, and stroopwafels, a two-layer waffle with a caramel-like filling. The store boasts many regular clients. Some of their most frequent patrons include Dutch immigrants, their children and missionaries returned from Scandinavian countries or Germany.
Seigfried’s Delicatessen, 20 W. 200 S. in Salt Lake City, did about the same business in 2014 as it did in 2013. “At least it’s not going down,” said owner Daiva Stamkyavichyus. The shop has been open since 1971. The menu is virtually the same and the prices haven’t changed much, said Stamkyavichyus. She has 10 employees and that number has stayed the same also.
“It is a very authentic German deli,” said Stamkyavichyus. A couple of the shop’s most popular items are the sausages and schnitzel. Its consistent business success is evident by the long lines each day around lunch time.
Granato’s Importing Co. made an improvement in sales from 2013 to 2014. There are four locations: downtown Salt Lake City, Holladay, Redwood Road in Salt Lake City and South Jordan. The longtime Utah Italian company, in business since 1948, is owned by Sam Granato, who said that the recent success he’s experienced is because of people understanding more about products and, specifically, authentic products. It is for “Americans that have an educated palate,” he said. Frank Granato, Sam’s father and founder of the company, comes from an Italian family in Tooele.
Granato’s has 65 employees among the four stores and that number has gone up in the past year. As for expansion, Granato said that he is always looking at opportunities. He hopes Wasatch Front consumers experience his stores’ authentic foods such, as olive oils, meats and cheeses.
Business at Chinatown Supermarket, 3390 S. State St. No. 11 in South Salt Lake, has escalated also. Manager Andrew So said this is because of “the way people spend” and that the economy is better. This brand-new store has been open for only four months. Currently it has 30 employees and this number has already gone up since it opened. So said that his company would like to expand. The store is the largest Asian grocery store in Utah, according to So, and carries most Asian goods and food for making Asian dishes. It carries a lot of gluten-free and organic options as well, said So.
Matt Caputo is the son of Tony Caputo, a second-generation Italian from Calabri and the owner of Tony Caputo’s, 314 W. 300 S. in Salt Lake City. Matt Caputo is a main contributor in running the 18-year-old business, which has a total of 70 employees among the four shops. He said that his business grew in 2014 and he attributes this to the economy improving and the investment that Caputo’s made in more administrative personnel, social media and community involvement. The staff has increased 10 to 12 employees since 2013.
As for expansion, Caputo’s opened a new location in Holladay in 2014. Now the business focus is online content sales, wholesale sales and a facility upgrade. The delicatessen is known for its own state-of-the-art cheese cave, where it produces more than 200 fresh farmstead cheeses. The cave is one of about five in the country, according to Matt Caputo.
He acknowledged that many people are saying Salt Lake City gained more interest in food in 2014 and while he doesn’t disagree, he said it’s been a constant progression —not only in 2014 — of Salt Lake City people seeking food that allows those “who are geeks in the industry” to continue to do what they do.