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Island Stop returns under new ownership

The Island Stop Market in Port Haywood has been hopping since it reopened under new ownership on Friday.

Tom Cook of Onemo, who now owns the market along with his wife Katie, said that 450 people showed up for the grand reopening, and the deli sold 280 pizzas, subs and sandwiches that day. Saturday was pretty much the same, he said. While Sunday was a bit slower, business ramped back up on Monday.

With new ownership came a fresh, new island look for the interior of the market, in shades of green and coral, with new lighting, floral decor, and beach music playing all day long.

“We wanted to make it feel like you’re at a tropical beach somewhere,” said Cook.

There are also new food selections in the deli and a range of new retail products. Focusing on fresh, the deli offers meats sliced on-site by long-time employee Bill Walker, along with high-quality beef butchered to order or freshly ground, pork, including bacon and mild or hot sausage, all processed daily.

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