Woodside Deli announces it is closing next month

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Woodside Delicatessen, a Redwood City business launched 61 years ago and reopened last year after a remodel, announced Wednesday it will close for good after its lease runs out Sept. 30.

The announcement came after its landlord proposed a 52 percent increase in rent, said owner Kyle Vogel.

“Combined with the ever-rising healthcare costs (Woodside Deli has provided insurance coverage to its full-time staff for years), the rising cost and shrinking availability of staff…the numbers just don’t pan out,” Vogel wrote in a notice posted to social media.

Vogel added, “This sucks.”

“This obviously isn’t what I wanted to happen when I took over the Deli in 2017,” he said. “But the reality of being in Redwood City in 2019 is unavoidable.”

The deli, located at 1453 Woodside Road, will close sometime in October and options will become increasingly limited as the business sells off its existing stock.

The business has been serving sliced meats, salads, custom-built sandwiches and specialty products imported from Italy since 1958.

Photo credit: Woodside Deli Facebook page


      • All of our favorite eateries have gone or going out of business!
        What a disgusting shame and shame on the landlord for being greedy!

    • No! The beauty of Woodside Plaza is that we have an excellent deli that connects us as neighbors. We have been patrons for over 40 years. What can we do? Heartbreaking for the owner, employees and community!

    • Exactly….. this is horrible and honestly should be illegal! Woodside Deli should have been protected from gentrification and pure greed!

      Shame on city leaders for not getting involved in the security of city staple.

      Redwood City history is dying & fading away.

  1. It’s sad the bay area is looking all it’s charm due to greed, I can’t wait til the bottom falls out and the greedy are left holding the bag!!!!

  2. My Wife Laura moved out here to the SE U.S back in 1988. She first moved to East Ridge Tennessee then later to NW Georgia. She spoke with Laura,,the previous owner many many times. We had fallen on hard times and the ONE thing my Wife wanted was a Salame and Swiss sandwich on Real Sourdough bread.Her birthday falls in the middle of the month and the owner’Laura” would send the Salame and Bread all the way to Georgia and let us pay her on the 3rd of the next month because I am disabled.I just wanted to say Thank You to Woodside Deli for all the years of really helping out on my Wife’s birthday.I kinda knew it was going downhill when they refused to even consider the idea of helping us out. That was 2017 when it changed hands.Am I glad it’s closing? NO!! Do I believe that you reap what you sow?? YES.!! IMy Wife has so many fond memories from there going back to when she was a teenager..At least I have Her to tell me about Woodside Deli..On another note,It’s Not about making money and wholly about keeping Friends.!!

  3. What a sign of greedy times. Woodside Deli is a Redwood City landmark! I went there as a young girl when the two old Italians ran the deli and decided to make and sell sandwiches for 25 cents. A bank owns the building? Shame on them

    • The Woodside Deli was great. For awhile I lived a short distance away. Otherwise, it would be a food stop when riding bikes in the area. Sad to hear that those who still can afford to live in the area are losing yet another great business. I left the Bay Area decades ago when I could no longer afford to rent there, much less buy a house. When I return to visit family and friends it has been fun to try to go back to places that I used to go to growing up in the Bay Area. Now those visits are just memories. The greed and total arrogance of those in control of California are destroying what was once a great place to live. While there is an effort to “Make America Great Again”, the only acronyms that fit California are FUBAR and BOHICA. Ask a vet for a translation or “Google” it. And remind yourself how much Google is contributing to the “progress” of Californication of society. Please relocate the Woodside Deli in a state that appreciates a good small business that makes the best sandwiches and takes care of its customers, the old fashioned way. Good luck to the owners and employees who now deal with pure greed in a ‘people’s democracy’.

  4. Originally from the Bronx, I moved to Redwood City in 1975. Before I looked for a place to live, I looked for a place to eat. I eventually found the Woodside Deli, and it reminded me of the authentic Italian markets on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. An Italian neighborhood that went unchanged for a 130 years. Now, with my blood pressure stabilized, I looked for a place to live.
    Thank you Kyle, for keeping the stomachs of entire zip codes happy and calm. So as I’ve always known, it’s the little things that are actually the big things. It’s not the traffic, or the politics. It’s not Democrat or Republican. It’s the meat and mushroom sauce on Sunday. It always was.
    From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of an entire beloved community, I thank you. I simply thank you

  5. Not enough details to make a fair assessment.
    While iconic in RWC, the deli the last couple of years is not the same deli you remember 30 years ago.

    As for rent hike, who knows what the terms of the lease were?
    Maybe it was a tail end of 20 year lease for $1500 month, and the landlord is asking for $2280. Its tough to tell if 52% is fair or not. How above/below market rate is the current lease? Maybe the deli was able to stay closed for a year, due to a relatively low lease?

    Not all the blame can go on the landlord. Cmon, the business sat closed for a year, reopened on Oct. 25, 2018 with less than a year left on the lease agreement. Not a wise investment in my mind without a long term contract locked in. But I have never owned a Deli.

    Yes, RWC is changing, so are all the towns in the Bay Area. Its inevitable. Were you happy to see Sequoia Station come in years ago? Probably not.

  6. I am so sad to see this. I grew up in that neighbourhood and ate sandwiches there all the time. I also bought candy there with my allowance when I was a kid. I can think about this place and still smell it in my head. I live far away now but would go when in the area.

  7. Personally, I have a hard time walking into Woodside Deli and paying $15.00 for a Godfather sandwich. Before they closed for the remodel, the same sandwich cost $9.00. Looks like they increased the prices to meet their increase in rent. They spent a pretty penny on point of sale technology that never worked and actually make orders take longer. Poor business plan and even worse execution. Sorry for their loss, but they had an untapped gold mine that was mismanaged.

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  9. My Childhood deli. So sad….I use to go before school and at lunch in high school. This is a real tragedy. I have the best memories of the smell when you walked in and the taste of thier sandwiches. What an impact it made on me growing up. One of the last “Real ” Deal Deli. “Thank You” and shame on the Greedy Businessman.

  10. I feel so bad for the employees that were only given 2 weeks notice, especially my mom that has worked at Woodside deli for 30yrs… so very sad

  11. The Redwood City of a kinder gentler post war era is gone. City fathers and developers have transformed a lovely quiet suburban town into a high tech hub, which has driven the housing market to explode, causing astronomical prices. Downtown has no more ‘personality,’ just glitz and traffic. This place is fine if you are under 40 years of age and looking for a snazzy pad and a high paying job. If you are part of the post WWll generation Redwood City has become a nightmare.

      • Sorry to hear that! 🙁 wow still in shock.

        Why don’t we re open it as a city landmark? Is that hard?

        Why haven’t the original families and people of RWC protest these changes!!?

        It was such a special place. 🙁

  12. Woodside Deli has served the Redwood City community for many years and make some of the most delicious sandwiches especially the roast beef and pastrami. This is just another example of how expensive it is to live and work in Redwood City.

  13. We’ve gone to Woodside Deli since we moved to Redwood City in 1979. The Galinetti family did such a wonderful job running the deli. I remember when we first moved to Redwood City and I needed a roast my mother prepared sliced, they did it for me! I loved dealing with Dan and his daughters Gina and Laura along with the others who had worked there a long time. They were so friendly and it was a family which was very special.

    Our family had so many memories of Woodside Deli experiences beginning with when our sons were very young and they would receive a free breadstick while we were waiting for our order. Getting sandwiches for Stanford games is another one. Woodside Deli is where we could get fresh roasted turkey and quality pastrami!

    Once the deli was sold, things changed. The cleanliness of the inside and outside was not what it had been. There was less staff to provide service. Then when it re-opened, the length of waiting in line to place orders was even longer. It seemed like the phone and web orders were the priority with having to wait a long time to handle orders of customers waiting in line. Plus the prices were raised. I didn’t have the time to wait in line or patience for the lack of service and switched to Roberts Market.

    I was sad to have to do this and it’s such a shame to lose this long-established institution. Our family has so many memories of our Woodside Deli experiences.

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