Sandwich Town 'business district' now has no vacancies as city announces major sewer project

Thursday, November 12, 2020

CBC Windsor/Kaitie Fraser

Small sandwich shop fills up last empty storefront on Sandwich Street

Sandwiched between two major bridge projects, the city's west-end has seen an abundance of boarded-up homes and businesses while politicians grappled over the fate of the area.

But recently, the opening of a small sandwich shop on Sandwich Street has become somewhat of a crowning jewel for the area. 

That's because Sandwich Town now has no business vacancies on its main road. 

"[The shop] occupied the last vacant storefront on our main street in our business district," said Ward 2 Coun. Fabio Costante, explaining that district is the slice of Sandwich Street between Detroit Street and Brock Avenue. 

"And so what we've seen over the last few years — a few businesses change hands, and we've seen a few businesses occupy vacant storefront spaces, which is wonderful to see.

The newest addition is S&K Sandwich & Kabsa hub, owned by Abdul Ahad, who moved to the Sandwich area when he first arrived in Canada five years ago. He attended the University of Windsor and works as an engineer. 

"It's a family business," said Ahad, who opened the shop in late September. 

"We are not like too busy, but we are getting busier ... we are getting a good response. If you consider the pandemic and everything, so I'll say it's not bad. It's good."

What's worth noting, says Costante, is the variety of business establishments in that area — like a brewery, skate shop, and construction office which is currently under construction. A new Dollarama also took the spot of a long-empty grocery store.

Costante credits the hard work of business owners for their resiliency in the area, especially during COVID-19. 

"I think about those entrepreneurs and those small business owners who really believed in the vision of Sandwich through thick and thin," he said. "To me, those are folks who have been catalysts for realizing the growth in the business community on Sandwich. And then, of course, others who thought this is a good opportunity to put out there a business that maybe is needed right now. "