$8 Dollar Deli Closes in the Loop, Moving to O'Fallon


That was fast.

Less than two months after opening on the Delmar Loop, Roger Morgan's sandwich shop $8 Dollar Deli has closed its doors. The place is empty — the counter gone, the furnishings stripped.

On its website, the eatery announced that it will be reopening soon in O'Fallon, Missouri. According to the post, 
The 8 Dollar Deli is making a HUGE step of growth so we can continue to provide HUGE-ASS sandwiches to our customers. 8 Dollar Deli is moving to O'Fallon, MO where the rent is a tenth of what it was in the "Loop". This is a HUGE step in securing our future in offering our customers the highest quality products for years to come. We are very grateful for all of those that came into the original location with such enthusiasm and support of our HUGE-ASS sandwiches. We hope to re-open in our new location within a few weeks and we look forward to your visit.
No word yet on where in O'Fallon that Morgan will be setting up shop. He tells us that his decision was financial:
At $7k per month for rent, I was just digging a hole. ... I found a great building [in O'Fallon] with more traffic then the loop and a stronger customer base. Not too mention, the rent is a tenth of what I paid in the loop. I had hoped for the best but almost immediately could tell that the lack of attendance and the high cost of rent space was not the scenario that spelled success.
Morgan says he plans to be open in his new location in as early as two weeks.

The Loop storefront was previously the home of Smoothie King, which closed in January. Other recent closures in the always-unpredictable Loop include Zippy Burger and Subway, which plans to reopen in a different spot on the street next year.

Editor's note: We updated this post after publication to include comments from Roger Morgan about his decision to leave the Loop.

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