It may be the end of an era in Hamilton Township as Community News reports that a local favorite, Fred & Pete's Deli, in the Mercerville Shopping Center on Route 33, is up for sale.

Fred & Pete's website says, "Celebrating 56 years of food, fun, and friends." The Armenti family has been running the popular spot since 1963. Owner, Tom Armenti, has been thinking about retiring for some time now, according to the article, and put the business up on the market back in March, around the same time Governor Murphy ordered all eat-in restaurants to close.

There's a sign on the door that reads, "Closed. Will Reopen When State Gives Ok." Although, some locals wonder if he will in fact reopen. I hope so, I visit often for sandwiches, and they have the best potato salad around.

I love small businesses like Fred & Pete's...there's a friendly, local vibe. If you know Fred & Pete's you know about the little men's club, right? The group of older gentleman who gather outside to sit  and chat everyday. I smile every time I see them. They even kept meeting, socially distanced from each other, after the deli closed back in March. I'm going to have to do a drive by and see if they're still doing it.

One thing I didn't know about Fred & Pete's was that they sold a $29 million winning lottery ticket back in 1991. Wow. They've had a string of winners since then, making it a hot spot to buy lottery tickets. I need to remember that. Lol. Hopefully, they reopen soon.

You can check out the real estate listing here.

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