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Many Powell’s Quick Deli customers used to drive across Fredericksburg for one of its “world’s best hot dogs.” So owners Dharmhendra “Danny” and Hasmukhlal “Harry” Patel decided to come to them after selling the multi-tenant building on Lafayette Boulevard where it was located. After months of red tape, the brothers have finally opened Powell’s Quick Deli in The Shoppes at Salem Run on Salem Church Road in Spotsylvania County. “This is better,” said Danny Patel, who is running it with his wife, Asha Patel. “Lots of people come here from the Salem Church Library. Plus, school buses stop close to this location.” Powell’s Quick Deli, which opened last month, currently serves just lunch and dinner, but will soon add breakfast. The menu includes hot dogs topped with the late Milton Powell’s secret recipe for chili that inspired the “world’s best” claim, along with sandwiches and subs served on bread baked on the premises. Salads, including Asha Patel’s homemade chicken salad, also are available, and there are plans to add pizza and soups in about a week. “Asha used to do potato and macaroni salad,” Danny Patel said. “They want me to bring that back, too.” Unlike the former Powell’s Market & Quick Deli and the original Powell’s Friendly Market at 3910 Lafayette Blvd., which Harry Patel and his wife run, the new location is mainly a place to get something to eat and buy lottery tickets. It also offers catering. “We’ve tried to be like a homemade deli,” Danny Patel said. “Asha comes in early in the morning to get things ready.” The Patels are rebounding from their original business plan, which they formed when the economy was booming. The families had wanted to replace Powell’s Friendly Market, which was built in 1947, with a new building. They’d also open another location down the street where customers could go during demolition and construction. The brothers bought a corner lot two blocks north at 3602 Lafayette Blvd. and built Jalaram Square, a 9,300-square-foot multi-tenant building. Powell’s Market & Quick Deli opened as its anchor store in 2009. By then, the economy was starting to nosedive and finding additional tenants proved problematic. “Nobody wanted to lease in that location,” Danny Patel said. “We tried offering six months of free rent, everything [we could think of.” The Patels finally sold Jalaram Square in February to Stafford County-based Midland Property Group LLC for $670,000, according to Spotsylvania property records. They moved Powell’s Market & Quick Deli out of the building and wanted to open Powell’s Quick Deli in The Shoppes at Salem Run last April. That space had previously been a hair salon, and the conversion and inspection process took longer than they’d expected, Danny Patel said. Powell’s Quick Deli opened on Aug. 19 and is drawing customers from the old location and many new ones, he said. Among the latter is Robert Ragan, who spotted the deli’s sign last spring and couldn’t wait for it to open. Ragan, who lives nearby in Camelot subdivision in Spotsylvania County, likes subs and prefers to get them at mom-and-pop places. “I think they make a lot better food than chain restaurants,” he said while waiting for his order. “I come here once or twice a week. They’ve got great prices.”  

New Location, New Life for old favorite