- The Good Food Store Business Partnership
The Good Food Store & Deli in Walpole, Massachusetts Plays a
Major "Roll" as a Great Sandwich Shop Southwest of Boston
Article by Eric J. Hurwitz. May 2, 2017.
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The only problem I have with The Good Food Store & Deli
Walpole, Massachusetts is that it should be called The Great Food Store & Deli.
If you love sandwiches made the old-fashioned way on fresh braided
Italian sandwich rolls with Boar's Head meats, tasty cheeses and piled
high add-ons, The Good Food Store & Deli delivers big-time,
figuratively. I regard this 25-plus-year-old business as one of the
best for sandwiches between Boston and Providence and recommend it to
locals, people working in the area, travelers in between the two great
cities, and those on business travel.
Twenty sandwich items are available on the menu, along with homemade
soups, chili, salads, homemade baked goods, fruits cups, “old time
candy,” an astounding 200 kinds of soft drinks and an equally
impressive 150 varieties of chips. My favorite sandwiches: the “TBLT”
(turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato) and the “Black Jack” (chicken cutlet
with bacon and pepper jack cheese topped with lettuce tomato and a
Amazingly, this small storefront sells up to 200 sandwiches a day,
according to Alan Donaruma, manager of the Good Food Store and Deli.
The fabulous sandwiches and other items, the pleasant yet no-nonsense
counter service, a spotless kitchen and dining room, and the ability to
turn out quality food within a quick turnaround time has played a major
role in this small businesses' success.
Not too long ago, Good Food Store founder and owner George Donaruma
passed away. He was one of the nicest, most dedicated local store
owners you could ever meet, and locals wondered if the quality could be
maintained under new management. Fortunately, George's wife, Jean,
continued the business. Alan assumed the manager's role. He clearly has
his dad's food store genes and has wonderfully kept the quality intact
through his hard work ethic, excellent management skills, attention to
detail and an eye for quality food sourcing and creation.
The “Black Jack” (chicken cutlet with bacon and pepper jack
cheese topped with lettuce tomato and a chipotle mayo).
Seating is surprisingly ample for such a small space, and the customers
take advantage of it by often filling up the sit-down areas -
especially around noon time. During the summertime, outdoor seating
provides a quieter, more leisurely setting.
So many sandwich shops have veered off the traditional path by treading
into "gourmet" territory -- often meaning pretentious, overpriced or
insubstantial -- or all of the above. Nice to know that The Good
Food Store & Deli continues to satisfy our sandwich cravings the
old school way.
The Good Food Store and Deli is located at 413 High Plain St. (near The
Big Y), Walpole. Tel. 508-660-6800. Hours: Monday through Friday 10
a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sunday. Facebook
fan web page:
Be sure to check out the Good Food Store Facebook fan page for
updates and some great photos!
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