Last spring, a sprinkler flood forced Petosa's to close for a week. A mob of loyal customers came with cash to help out, but it wasn't enough to help it survive the competition.
"It's like losing friends to have them go away," said customer Mark Williams. "They know you by your first name."
Word of February's closing is tough on retirees who rely on its convenient location. Regular customer Roy Combley say the deli's cornish game hens rival his late wife's.
"I lost my wife about four years ago and the deli here provides like home cooked food," he said. "I rely on that entirely."
Customers aren't the only ones facing a loss. Every day of the year, Petosa's has bags of groceries for customers to buy that go directly to the Edmonds Food Bank. Last year they sold 2,000 bags -- that's a $20,000 donation.
Now 26 employees are losing their jobs, including a 78-year-old checker who'd hoped to work until he reached 80.
The owner says she's tried to find a buyer for two years with no luck. Petosa's last day is Feb. 28.