A long-time Main Street business is closing up shop

The Corner Deli-Grocery at 6374 Main St. will close Friday and the building is up for sale.

Owner Jennifer Costantini, who has worked in the deli since she was 11 years-old, said the closing is bittersweet, but the right move for her and her family.

“It’s time,” Costantini said. “I’m 50 years old, I thought ‘if I don’t do it now, when will I?’”

Costantini, who purchased the deli from her father, Robert Patrignelli, in the 1990s, has a new job and is finishing up her EMT training. She plans to volunteer with Trumbull EMS.

She and her siblings have worked the family business since her dad purchased it in 1978. Her kids also grew up working at the deli. However, it’s not a business her children want to take over, since each are pursuing their own career paths.

Many customers are sad to see the business close, Costantini admitted.

“We have one regular who comes in for three meals a day, he doesn’t know what he’s going to do,” she laughed.

During the storm earlier this week, The Corner Deli opened to give free sandwiches to emergency responders.

“Through the years, EMS, police and the fire department have been such wonderful customers,” she said. “The other day, in the snow, we wanted to welcome them to grab a bite to eat and just say 'thank you.'”

The deli will close at 4 p.m. Friday Jan. 30, for the final time, though Costantini is letting her daughter and friends come in over the weekend to help finish off the cold cuts and the rest of the food.

She notes that the demographic has changed through the years, but she could see another food establishment, like a hot dog and hamburger place, opening up at the location. The location has a long history, operating as a grocery store in the 1800s.

“I’m sad that I’ll have nowhere to get my morning coffee,” Costantini said. “I told my husband we may need to rent the soda machine for our house, because I don’t know what I’ll do without my fountain soda.”

Costantini and her family plan to remain active in the community, at school events and with the EMS.

“People will definitely see me around town,” she said.