CROWN POINT | An imported-food shop and carry-out deli won a zoning appeals board recommendation Monday for a variance to operate in an industrial zone.
Olympic Imported Foods could open by mid-May at 1441 E. Summit St., owner Theodoros Pavlou said, pending City Council approval.
The store will feature imported cheeses, meats, olive oils and at least 13 kinds of olives, among other items, in 1,000 square feet of retail grocery space with a small deli counter, owners said.
Pavlous, who formerly owned an imported-food store in Merrillville, said he's been eager to get back into the business.
"I can't sit around. That's why I decided to open the store," he said. His father had a similar business in Greece, where he was born, Pavlou said.
In granting the variance, several Board of Zoning Appeals members said they'd been customers of Pavlou's previous store.
"This is a good fit for the area," board member John Marshall said.
In other business Monday, the zoning appeals board agreed to a variance permitting two additional signs at a Speedway gas station at 109th Avenue and Broadway, but denied a reader board sign that was to be posted outside the gas station to alert customers to sale items inside.
Signs bearing the company's S logo will be posted on an outdoor canopy and above the store entrance.
Speedway owner Donny Wirt said Speedway attempted to design the reader board sign to comply with the Williamsburg-era style required of new construction on Broadway.
"We tried to make it look more Williamsburgy," Wirt said.
Zoning appeals board members said the reader board would detract from the look desired on Broadway.