QUEENSBURY — Moose on the Loose Deli is expanding into a second location — right across the street from the first deli.
The company is taking over the space vacated by Sammy D’s in the Adirondack Outlet Mall on Route 9.
The deli is also taking over the space currently held by the Warren County Tourism Department. It will put a juice bar there, opening Jan. 15.
The rest of the business is already open, and customers are flocking in. It opened the deli for the 11 p.m. shoppers on Thanksgiving Day and stayed open until 2 a.m., then reopened in the morning.
“It was fantastic,” owner Eric Vreeken said.
In that one day, the store sold $3,600 in pizzas, sandwiches and chips.
“We sold platters and pizzas to the stores for the employees,” he added. “I’m still recovering from it.”
The new site has much more storage space than his deli location across the street. He plans to use the storage to order for both locations.
That’s great news for his employees, who shuddered as they described having to immediately unload shipments dropped in front of the cash register.
“You’ve got a line out the door and you’re running to get it all upstairs,” said employee Heather Morris. “Now, here, I’ve just seen the basement today. It’s huge.”
At the other location, in the French Mountain Commons outlet center, they had to place orders for stock three times a week because there just wasn’t enough room.
It will remain open, with the current menu. At the mall, menu items will be a little different.
“We’re going to concentrate a little more on upper scale,” Vreeken said. “Prime rib steak and cheese. Pulled pork.”
He and his wife leased the location in French Mountain Commons last year. His wife, Erin Hunnewell, will run that deli, while he’ll run the deli in the mall.
Their older children work there on weekends. They have five children, ranging in age from 5 to 17.
He’s also doubled his staffing, from two full-timers and two part-timers to four of each. In the summer, he expects to double it again by hiring high school students. Last summer, he hired five local students, he said.
He is excited by the new store, which is already pulling in more business than the first deli.
“I’m very enthusiastic,” he said. “These numbers are great.”