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Chamber award winners go above and beyond

Jacob Robinson

By Jacob Robinson, Simcoe Reformer

Caffery Hardware and Electric Ltd. owner Paul Andratis and Mike Moustos of the Delhi Sub Shop were each given long standing business awards at the Delhi and District Chamber of Commerce Gala and Awards Night on May 17. JACOB ROBINSON/Simcoe Reformer

Caffery Hardware and Electric Ltd. owner Paul Andratis and Mike Moustos of the Delhi Sub Shop were each given long standing business awards at the Delhi and District Chamber of Commerce Gala and Awards Night on May 17. JACOB ROBINSON/Simcoe Reformer

DELHI, ON - 

From the moment he arrived in 1977, Mike Moustos loved Delhi and the town has loved him right back.

Moustos fled Cyprus as a refugee of war in 1974 without much more than the clothes on his back. He spent three years working with his sister in Woodstock before opening the Delhi Sub Shop.

In the 41 years since, Moustos has become a town fixture, greeting customers with a smile from behind the counter of his family-run operation.

“We’ve got the dream team there ... we stick together and we give 100 per cent,” said Moustos, who works alongside his wife Mary and daughter-in-law Nancy. “Everybody supports us.”

Moustos was given a long standing business award alongside Caffery Hardware and Electric Ltd. as part of the Delhi and District Chamber of Commerce Awards and Gala Night on Wednesday.

Moustos – who arrived in Delhi at the age of 25 – has never strayed from his belief in supporting community teams, projects, and organizations.

“I’m nice with everybody, I never say no to nobody – even the schools that come in, the churches – I sponsor everybody,” Moustos said.

“You don’t buy the customer, you earn the customer. Every year we get stronger and stronger.”

Also taking centre stage on the evening were sisters Jeannine Krupicz and Yvette Mahieu. The duo was named co-citizens of the year thanks to their tireless volunteer efforts in everything from Le Tour de Norfolk to the Norfolk Soccer Club and Delhi District Secondary School parent council. Delhi’s Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet took home the business improvement award for extensive renovations made to its facade in the past year.

“It’s excellent to be able to give those people the recognition they deserve,” said chamber president David VanDeVelde.

“When you look at the businesses who are being recognized tonight, they’ve put in decades of commitment to this town, to supporting things in and around Delhi, which is what made those businesses successful,” he said. “The ladies that are being recognized volunteer for numerous organizations and commit time to several different causes which is great to see. There’s a lot of people that do several things like that, but they really go above and beyond.”

Just across Highway 3 from the Delhi Sub Shop stands Caffery Hardware – est. 1952 - which sits under the Home Hardware banner. Winning the long standing business award wasn’t lost on owner Paul Andratis, who took over the operation from his father Tony in 1987.

“The time has gone by really fast. I just don’t know where the years went,” Andratis said. “I was writing a little summary of the business and it really came to me how important this award really is. I’ve worked hard at it, I’ve been in it for almost 30 years and it’s important, it means a lot. In that time a lot of businesses have come and gone and we’re still here. I think that’s a credit to my staff and the loyalty of our customers.”

Andratis chuckled when asked about what his father would think of the honour.

“(He’d) probably (be) surprised that I stayed at it for so long,” Andratis joked. “But he’d be proud. The business has grown a lot since the early days.”

jrobinson@postmedia.com