INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESS - SPOLUMBO'S ITALIAN DELI
By Mario Toneguzzi
The ingredients for any business success are quite simple – sell a good product at the right price point and offer quality service.
But many companies, like Spolumbo’s Fine Foods & Deli, an institution in Calgary for three decades, have also recognized the importance of giving back to the community.
It’s the element that really elevates a venture from being a good company to a great one.
For Spolumbo’s, the idea of supporting community has been part of the company’s DNA since day one.
“We’ve always had a huge soft spot for kids. As soon as we were able to at the beginning, we started picking our spots where we could help out with kids’ programs and kids’ sports. We’re really big in helping out with kids’ sports,” says , a co-owner of the popular food establishment with Tony Spoletini.
“Over the years that has grown. We’re able to help out in a few more spots. We do somewhere between 60 to 70 golf tournaments (in a typical year) for fundraising. That’s always been part of our company makeup and we’re very proud of that.
“It’s something we really wanted to do – to give back to our community. We’re born and raised Calgarians.
We absolutely love this city. It’s just something we believe in.”
Spolumbo’s became a company in 1991 and started business in 1992. It moved into its flagship location in Inglewood, along 9th Avenue, in 1998.
The food establishment itself is a gathering place where community is built. The folks at Spolumbo’s have always seen it that way. The two owners are often found on the main dining floor area saying hello to costumers.
“What was really important to us was to make sure our customers were happy with the experience. We’re really proud of our staff who are great with people and make them feel welcomed. That’s the biggest part.
Making people feel welcomed and making sure they have a positive experience so they come back. It kind of evolved into that as a meeting place,” adds Palumbo.
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