Deli Co. & Mercantile
264 W Marion Ave
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Punta Gorda Deli Company and Mercantile is a rather unique kind of shop. Think of it as a trendy deli on the right side, featuring named sandwiches, salads and coffee, with a Cracker Barrel-type general store to the left.
Mon thru Wed 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Thu – Sat 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Kitchen closes at 3pm & only Cold grab and go sandwiches are available
Photo Credit: Sue Wade
By SUE WADE Sun Correspondent
Activity on the corner of Punta Gorda’s W. Marion Avenue and U.S. 41 southbound has taken a distinctly old-timey turn. One day, you swear, a horse and buggy are going to tie up in the parking lot.
The three historic buildings there are alive with new energy from a crew of local shopkeepers — “an all-woman tribe,” as Jayne Goddard, one of the owners, calls them.
IN WHICH SHORTY AND JAYNE BECOME PROPRIETESSES
Sheryl “Shorty” and husband Dave “Big Sexy” Peters’ 12-year-old Punta Gorda pub, Shorty’s Place, are local legend.
Everybody knows the 4-foot, 9-inch, Arkansas-born barkeep who has braids nearly as long as she is and signs off messages with a cheeky “AMF.”
What they might not know is that she has retail cred, which led her to open an honest-to-God mercantile, mid-pandemic, on W. Marion Avenue. Shorty’s shop was taken out, not by COVID, but by Hurricane Ian.
Its new home perfectly fits its definition:
mer·can·tile (n.) dated General store, sometimes with a false front, multi-paned glass windows and a front porch, carrying assorted groceries, dry goods, hardware, clothing and other necessities in tall shelves up to the ceiling; often, a social gathering spot with living quarters above.
"Adorable little shop with an excellent Cuban sandwich. Great addition to Punta Gorda!."
– Amanda O
"First time there today and gotta say what a amazing place on the inside. We had the shorty, big sexy and punta gorda sandwiches not a disappointment. Definitly will be back and recommend."
" Great little place for shopping and food. Sandwiches, wraps, soups, and salads. Definitely will be back"
– Ashleigh R
"My wife and I stopped in for some eats, great menu plus lots of fun shopping! Recommend you stop in, you’ll love it!"
– James F
"Me and my wife met for a quick lunch. Place is phenomenal. Can't wait to go back!"
– Frannk H
264 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Monday: 7am – 3pm
Tuesday: 7am – 3pm
Wednesday: 7am – 3pm
Thursday: 7am – 5pm
Friday: 7am – 5pm
Saturday: 7am – 5pm