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Erickson’s Deli Shut Down, Another Swedish Business Faces Difficult Decisions

EEricksonsrickson’s Delicatessen has been around since 1925 when Andersonville had one of the largest Swedish American populations in the country. known for such traditional Swedish food items such as herring, lingonberries, and (of course) meatballs; the deli has served the neighborhood’s dedicated customer base.

Now the business is facing difficult decisions as the city has shut them down due to code violations. A large neon green sign is stuck to the front door with the the words “LICENSE SUSPENDED” boldly across it.  The city’s Department of Public Health found four violations which included a display cooler refrigeration issue, cheese and salami kept at improper temperatures and an infestation of rodent droppings.

In a DNA article, owner Ann-Britt Nilsson explained that her 93 year-old mother Ann-Mari Nilsson has been seriously ill since the summer. When the city shut down the business, Nilsson decided to keep the store temporarily closed because of the difficulties the family was having. Yet she has promised that they would in fact reopen but gave no actual timeline.

On the store’s Facebook page, it was posted “We will be closing temporarily while we make some repairs. We would like to reassure everyone that Erickson’s WILL be reopening as soon as possible and that these issues are NON-FOOD RELATED. There are some structural issues that need to be addressed in non-food storage areas but we WILL be reopening as soon as we can and will be posting updates here as to when that will be.”

However, this is not the first trouble the business has had. Last year Erickson’s Deli sought to raise $20,000 in an indiegogo campaign in order to save the Scandinavian Delicatessen. They were able to raise just $1445 of the goal but still managed to remain open until now.

It is unclear if they Deli will be open in time for Christmas so locals can get their Knäckebröd for the season’s festivities. Erickson Deli owners suggest checking their Facebook page for updates.


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