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Worman’s Bakery and Deli, located at Broad and West Adams streets, was a longtime Downtown fixture before closing in 2009 after more than 85 years in business.
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Worman’s coming down

by Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

Worman’s Bakery and Deli is coming down.

The business at 204 Broad St. closed almost three years ago, in August 2009, after more than 85 years in business. Owners closed the deli and bakery, which served generations of customers Downtown since at least 1923.

The City issued a permit Monday to demolish the building, described at 5,066 square feet. The demolition cost is $8,000.

Property records show the structure was built in 1909. The records show a 2011 taxable value of $432,190, including a land value of almost $286,000.

It is owned by the Pearl Leibowitz Life Estate.

According to a Florida Times-Union report, founders Sam and Rosa Worman opened the New York Star Bakery in Jacksonville in 1923, moved to Daytona Beach in 1935 and returned to Jacksonville to open Worman’s on Broad Street in 1939.

It was then run by their son, Morris Worman, and his sister, Pearl Worman Leibowitz-Sederbaum, and son Scott Worman.

The bakery is on the edge of the new Duval County Courthouse campus. Owners had said they hoped to keep the business open until courthouse construction was completed, but contract and construction issues delayed the opening until this year.

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