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Warm memories, quality goods & community spirit

Sandwiches, Snacks & S’mores in Summer

Wellfleet Marketplace

Warm memories, quality goods & community spirit, November/December Cape Cod Life |

Like the town it serves, Wellfleet Marketplace bustles during pre-beach and post-beach hours in summer and embraces a stalwart community of year-rounders in winter. “I always joke that nine months out of the year we’re a convenience store. The other three months, we’re a full-blown grocery store,” says manager Bob Medeiros.

The store is an oasis for picnickers seeking fresh sandwiches crafted by a chef who fills the deli cases each day with everything from homemade red bliss potato salad to cod cakes to the Marconi Beach Italian sub. Medeiros especially likes the fresh chicken sal-ad delicately flavored with pesto. A large grab-and-go coffee section offers breakfast goodies and drinks throughout the day. A hot food case provides ready-to-go meals made from scratch featuring the chef’s special antipasto, fresh vegetables, and meat entrees.

What sets the store apart from other gourmet deli/grocery stores is a book and gift section tucked into the grocery aisles. Owner Marshall Smith, a longtime Wellfleet vacationer, also owns Brookline Booksmith outside Boston. An aisle labeled “Wellfleet Booksmith” shines with the newest children’s books, best-selling beach reads, Cape nature guides, and local classics like The Outermost House by Henry Beston.

Medeiros says “nostalgia items” fly off the shelves because returning vacationers always “buy the things they had when they were kids.” For example, he sells 5,000 packages of marshmallows and Hershey bars every summer for s’mores.

Sara’s favorite purchase: a Chicken Caesar wrap with crisp lettuce, a touch of fennel, ripe cherry tomatoes, tender white meat, and a dab of pesto and mayonnaise.

295 Main Street, Wellfleet • 508-349-3156

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