In 1979 Jerry and Andrea Saunders founded a grocery store in Waycross, Georgia. It was here that they first began working with DELI meats and cheeses. This venture sparked an interest in developing a full DELI restaurant that offered great quality food that was affordable to everyone. In 1981, this dream became a reality with the opening of Deli Mart. It was during this period that the first oven baked submarine sandwiches were offered. In 1983, this operation was moved to a better location and renamed Michael's DELI after one of his sons. This was the true beginning of a star!