Mayor Purzycki, Downtown Visions Director Martin Hageman and other local officials will pay tribute to a respected Downtown Wilmington business.

An 87 year Market St. institution, Leo & Jimmy’s Delicatessen will be closing its doors on Friday, May 5. Leo & Jimmy’s has been a household name in Downtown Wilmington since the 1930’s, known for serving deli style sandwiches and homemade recipes, while building a loyal customer following along the way.

Customers and all citizens are invited to join Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Downtown Visions Executive Director Marty Hageman at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5 for a special ceremony to say thank you and goodbye to the venerable city business.

Barbara Hackett, the wife of the late owner Jimmy Hackett, announced recently that she had received an offer to sell the building in which the business in located at 728 Market Street, along a property next door. Barbara said it was an offer she couldn’t pass up, which meant it was finally time to close the long-respected business.

Jimmy Hackett was affectionately known as the “Mayor of Market Street.” Not only was he a devoted business owner but he was a key member of the Downtown Business Association, the Police Advisory Council and worked closely with the Wilmington Library and The Grand Opera House.

Mayor Purzycki said May 5 will be a sad day for the City as it says goodbye to this iconic business. But, he said the City wishes Barbara, her family and all of those who were part of the staff, best of wishes as they move on to other ventures. This news has taken the downtown community by surprise. Although we are deeply saddened to lose such their friendship and an iconic business, we wish them nothing but the best.

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