THE COMPANY, HISTORY AND BUSINESS
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The Padow family has a long tradition in the deli, grocery and ham business. In 1936, George Padow opened his first grocery and retail outlet in the historic Jackson Ward area of Richmond, Virginia. The Company quickly became a household name and established its reputation as a purveyor of delicious quality hams and meats at reasonable prices; a tradition the family has maintained for over sixty years.
A generation later, George's sons Sidney and Eddie, had the vision and determination to adapt the Company to meet the changing needs and demands of its customers and the marketplace. In the mid-80s, they decided to leave the grocery store format behind to establish specialty retail food shops to go along with their international mail order business.
In 1988, they opened their first Padow's Hams & Deli serving a variety of sandwiches, home made soups, and salads in Willow Lawn Shopping Center in the West End of Richmond. A second shop was opened in the Stein Mart Festival Shopping Center on the city's Southside in 1990. A third shop opened in 1992 on East Main Street in the heart of the downtown Richmond financial district.
In September 1994, the first Padow's Deli Shop was licensed in a Convenience store on Route 10 (Ironbridge Road) in Chesterfield County, Virginia. That store was later closed when the original owner passed away and the new owners did not want to continue to run the Padow's Deli in the store.
The Hams & Deli Franchises opened outside the Richmond market area in Southgate Shopping Center in Colonial Heights, Virginia. and Townside Shopping Center in Roanoke, Virginia.. Stein Mart Festival Padow's Hams & Deli, originally a company owned store, was sold as a franchise in July, 2000. The City Hall Deli, originally a company owned store, was sold as a franchise in March 2004. The Main Street Padow's Hams & Deli, also originally a company owned store, was sold as a franchise in September 2004. The new flagship Padow's Hams & Deli opened in the West End of Richmond in Circuit City Plaza in January 2005.Future expansion plans include Norfolk, VA Beach, Fredericksburg, and Northern VA, along with North & South Carolina, and Tennessee markets.
Sidney and Eddie Padow continue the Padow Family Tradition!