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Capriotti’s Founder Lois Margolet Passes


Lois Margolet, founder of Las Vegas-based Capriotti’s, passed away on Thursday following a battle with lung cancer. She was 68.

“It is with a very heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of our founder, Lois Margolet,” said Capriotti’s CEO Ashley Morris. “Lois was a bright, giving, extraordinary woman and a pioneer in the sandwich and franchise industry. The brand she created is not just a sandwich shop, it is an institution in Delaware whose subs have touched countless people across the country. Out of respect for the Margolet family, we request that their privacy please be respected during this very difficult time.”

Courtesy of Samantha Gwinn​Margolet left behind a legacy bigger than she ever imagined. What started in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1976 now has over 100 locations in 18 states and federal districts across the U.S. She passed away knowing her family’s recipe for The Bobbie become one of America’s most famous and beloved sandwiches.

In a recent interview with Franchise Times, Morris told the story of Margolet's founding of the company and her delight at the brand quickly taking off with lines out the door. 

"Instead of using the same processed deli meats to make the sandwiches, she wanted to do something different," he said of the brand's founder. "Two years later she had lines out the door for these amazing turkey sandwiches, so she started to believe she had a viable business."

That sentiment has been backed up in recent years as the brand begins an ambitious growth strategy in the United States, with many passionate fans. Capriotti's signature sandwich, The Bobbie, has in-house slow-roasted turkey, cranberry sauce and homemade stuffing, with a hint of mayonnaise on a freshly baked roll.

Margolet was remember on the brand’s Facebook page with a post saying that “Lois Margolet touched many of our lives, in one way or another. In honor of her, please share your fondest Capriotti’s memory as we continue to celebrate her life.”

Photo is courtesy of Samantha Gwinn. 

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