The Pickle Barrel Deli said:July 14, 2010 6:22 pm PST
Thank you so much for your comment on The Pickle Barrel Deli website. We truly appreciate not only the positive comments, but also the suggestions.
From the very conception of re-opening the deli our goals were to provide Jackson county with a premium line deli without the high prices found in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Lansing areas (knowing the financial struggles that our county is contending with). Our meats and breads are of premium quality and have no preservatives. This means that we experience a lot of waste, because our product has a limited shelf life and must be served fresh. We are also dedicated to two other goals: selling Michigan-Made products and using packaging that is bio-degradable/compostable (no plastics or synthetic fibers) meaning that our cups, disposables, all packaging products are made from corn and/or sugar. All of these products are currently at premium prices. Our hope is that other businesses will follow our lead and drive the prices for "Green" products down. In the meanwhile, we are forced to pass on a portion of these costs in our sales in order to stay in business.
I can assure you though, we are looking into other options to help reduce costs in other ways. We have recently acquired a "slightly" smaller bag for our potato chips which will lower the cost by 25%. As our volume of business increases, we will definitely be looking into the "combo" idea, as well as other "specials". It may take us some time (we've been opened just less than 2 months) but we are certain that we will get there!
Thank you again for your patronage. Please keep watching as we grow and are able to pass on additional savings to our all of our valued customers.
The Pickle Barrel Deli
Mallory said:July 14, 2010 6:44 am PST
I have visited the deli many times in the past month or so. The food is delicious, and I love supporting a new business downtown, however, I would love to see them consider lowering prices or adding 'lunch specials', 'combos' or just all around less expensive options. I would visit more often if the prices weren't so high. The sandwiches are well worth the price, however, I'd love to add a side or two with my sandwich. I added on a pasta salad for $1 and some change and I got a tiny solo container with three bites of pasta salad. Honestly, with respect, the deli at Meijer offers that same amount as a sample of their products.
I'd like to see a sandwich, chip and beverage combo or a sandwich, side (larger size portions or lower price to add a size) and beverage combo.
Best luck to a new business! I hope the suggestions of so many customers can be taken into consideration for your overall business model.
Jen said:July 10, 2010 11:54 am PST
My husband and I just moved to the area and discovered The Pickle Barrel while taking a downtown stroll. I ordered the the Fields Veggie and it was the absolute best sandwich that I've ever had. My husband ordered The Dahlem, which he very much liked as well. I also really appreciated the use of Green Safe products. We will be back again and again!
Chris Markiewicz said:July 7, 2010 5:44 pm PST
Glad to see you open, and love that you carry Zingerman's breads! Haven't tried your sandwiches as of yet (they SOUND really good) but will remedy that soon!
Jen S said:June 18, 2010 12:10 pm PST
My husband and I stopped at the deli during our lunch hour. My husband really like his 4000 Cooper sandwich. I thought my Bucky Harris Park sandwich tasted great also. The only suggestion I have is the grilled sandwiches seemed kind of pricey for the size of the sandwich. $7.99 for my sandwich and that didn't include chips or a drink. I am glad a new place opened up down town though. We will return.
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