Artisan Pickle Company Worth Mentioning
Expansion, can-do attitude get Epic Pickles out of the garage
By DAVID WEISSMAN
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Robert Seufert, owner of Epic Pickles, chops cucumbers last year at his Windsor Township home. After four years, Seufert is expanding his pickle business to a former bakery in Yoe. (Dispatch file photo)
Epic Pickles will soon be moving to a location more consistent with its moniker.
After about four years of pickling in his Windsor Township home, owner Rob Seufert has leased a former bakery in Yoe to move the operations of his expanding business.
“I’m looking forward to having my garage back,” Seufert said, laughing about how many jars currently litter his home.
As he searches for more equipment and completes minor alterations on the 2,400-square-foot property at 165 Orchard Road, Seufert said he is hoping to be fully moved in by early October. He had been looking for a location for more than a year but had trouble finding a workable space that wasn’t priced and zoned for retail, which he didn’t need because he mostly sells to other retailers and restaurants.
To date, Epic Pickles has been mostly a one-man operation with occasional help from family members, Seufert said, but he will be looking to hire two to four part-time employees based on demand.
Epic origin: Seufert started dabbling in pickle production after hearing about a “pickle guy” in Baltimore and tasting the flavored pickles for himself.
“I thought, ‘I could try this,'” he said. “Next thing you know, neighbors are knocking on my door asking for pickles.”
After getting laid off from his art director position because of the economic downturn, Seufert started dedicating more time to his pickling and decided it was more than just a hobby to him.
“Life deals you cards, and the cards dealt me pickles,” he said.
Epic Pickles produces six flavors of pickles as well as other products, including okra, string beans and asparagus. They are sold by more than 30 retailers and nine restaurants throughout Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware.
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