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Posted on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 1 p.m.

Zingerman's opens new addition, plans to add more than 60 jobs over 5 years

By Jessica Webster


Zingerman's Deli, on Ann Arbor's Detroit Street, has opened its 10,400-square-foot addition to the public.

Melanie Maxwell |

After two weeks of invitation-only dress rehearsals, Ann Arbor's Zingerman's Deli opened its new 10,000 square foot addition to the public last week, as Sylvia Rector writes in The Detroit Free Press.

As reported two weeks ago, the $6.7 million addition, which is set back between the original deli building and Zingerman's Next Door, more than doubles the indoor seating capacity. Zingerman's Deli managing partner Grace Singleton predicts that the expansion will lead to the company hiring an additional 60 or more employees.


Zingerman's Deli managing partner Rick Strutz shows off a prototype of the tablet-based ordering system the deli is testing.

Jessica Webster |

The Free Press reports that the new, open kitchen in the addition and the catering and prep kitchen in the basement quintuples the deli's cooking space.

The deli staff is also testing a new tablet-based ordering system in place of the old handwritten order pads. Food orders are now transmitted directly to computer screens in the kitchen.

When it is completed in early 2013, the new building will be connected to the original deli building by a glass atrium.

You can read the full story on the Free Press site.

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Honest Abe

Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 8:22 p.m.

Zingermans is beyond over rated not to mention OVER PRICED. And to add, I have actually tasted better sandwiches from a gas station than the $15 Reuben I should have never bought.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 4:15 a.m.

Possibly ruined a good thing by expanding.

Jessica Webster

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 5:39 p.m.

I guess time will tell. I certainly am excited that we'll have the option of more seating, and that the kitchen has expanded to make it easier and faster to cook my food.


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 12:48 p.m.

Hey now, they didnt build that!


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 4:12 a.m.

I was there on Sunday morning and it was pretty dead. The new building is nice but we waited over 50 minutes for a bagel to come out of the kitchen. The place has some serious teething issues to overcome. Others were waiting over an hour and when the food came it was cold and mediocre. I'll be waiting a while before we go again.


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 12:08 a.m.

So nobody from got invited to the "invitation-only dress rehearsals?" Ouch.

Jessica Webster

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 1:08 a.m.

Oh but we did. Lizzy Alfs and I (and a few of our compatriots) were there on the first day of the dress rehearsals. I had a "Peter's Peppered Pick" with pimento cheese and a new pickle. Delicious. It was the first day, so there were a few minor kinks to be worked out, but the space was beautiful and the food came out super fast.


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 12:05 a.m.

your "Sylvia Rector writes" link doesn't go to the her Free Press article, it goes to the article from 2 weeks ago that's also the next link

Jessica Webster

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 1 a.m.

Thanks for that catch! I made the correction, and the link now goes to Sylvia Rector's Freep post.

Wolf's Bane

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 8:10 p.m.

Zingerman's Deli managing partner Rick Strutz shows off a prototype of the tablet-based ordering system the deli is testing. Right! That's the app that let's him know how much KA-CHINGG the store is producing.


Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 10:42 p.m.

Don't mind the sour grapes, Zingerman's. Some - probably most - of us are glad for the good new jobs and increased revenue for the town.

Wolf's Bane

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 3:13 p.m.


John of Saline

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 8:55 p.m.

You say that like it would be a bad thing.


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 7:07 p.m.

Living wage based on Ann Arbor costs and full health benefits????


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 3:46 p.m.


C.C. Ingersoll

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 2:32 a.m.

Zing's gives health insurance and above minimum-wages for even the smallest employee. Their health insurance saved my life in 1994 when I spent a week in the hospital getting my tonsils out

John of Saline

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 7:29 p.m.

Are you complaining about the jobs?