Celebrating 20 Years at Main Street Deli

Mar 8, 2012

Front of Main Street Deli
If you have ever spent any time in McPherson, odds are you have heard of or visited Main Street Deli. It has been a staple in the community since January 1992. This past January they celebrated their 20 year anniversary! The owner, Kim Zehr, still remembers walking in the back door her first day. However, at that time she was an employee, not running the show just yet. Kim's sister and brother-in-law Karen and Roger Horn were the original owners of the Deli and opened its doors. Kim began working there about a month after they opened the doors and began managing it a year later. In 2003 Karen and Roger were ready to sell, and Kim decided to take on the challenge.

Lorenzo Alderson is the Deli's pie baker and also works at Home State Bank as a teller.
Kim's constant presence in the restaurant has given it consistency throughout the years, which customers really appreciate. "People who have since left the area will always stop in when they are in town, and are so pleased to know they can get a Rueben sandwich and a piece of rhubarb crumb pie, and it will still taste exactly how they remember," Kim stated. The Deli truly has been a family affair, not only because Kim's sister Karen also owned it, but because it is where Kim met her husband. Tim was the baker at the Deli, making all of their pies, cookies, etc. from scratch, for ten years. Kim said there have been other "Deli marriages" over the years as well.

Nickie Phelps working the front counter.
In addition to employees making love connections, the whole staff acts as one big family. The Deli employs anywhere from 19 to 20 at any given time, and the group has always had a tight bond. Kim smiled and said, "We do a lot of laughing!" The day they celebrate their Christmas party is Kim's favorite time with the staff. They spend a Sunday shopping for gifts for the Angel Tree and go out to lunch. They then go back to the Deli, wrap gifts, play games and eat some more. Kim feels so lucky that the staff actually look forward to and enjoy being a part of doing something for the children in their community that are less fortunate than themselves. Kim stated, "It says so much about them that they are willing to give up 8 to 9 hours on a day off to spend that time with me and their co-workers."

Other than their made from scratch pies, fudge, etc., Main Street Deli is also special due to its unique gift shop. Kim's sister Karen began the gift shop in 2000, and Kim continues to grow it because it has done so well. She has an art background, so the gift shop allows her to use that talent while going to market in Kansas City and Dallas. Her goal is to find items you would not be able to find anywhere else in town.
A couple of customers checking out the gift shop after ordering.

Kim's favorite part about owning Main Street Deli is the opportunity to meet and work with so many neat kids and people. She still stays in touch with many of them that have since moved on. She also really likes getting to know the customers. Many are daily or almost daily visitors and become like family. "These are just a few of the benefits of owning a small business in a small community," said Kim. Congratulations to Kim and the rest of the Main Street Deli staff from Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC on celebrating their 20th Anniversary! Follow them on Facebook to learn about their daily specials and more: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Main-Street-Deli/157594574302336.