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A ceremony to rename a city street in honor of long-time business owner Saleh “Sam” Hammad was held at on November 18 at the corner of New York Avenue and Warner Road.
Councilman Zack Reed honored the long-time Ward 2 resident by having New York Avenue renamed Saleh “Sam” Hammad Way.
Hammad immigrated to Cleveland from Palestine in 1972. He worked and saved money for two years and in 1974 bought D&T Market, a small convenience store at New York and Warner. Residents simply call it “Sam’s.”
Hammad and his wife worked in the store and lived in the attached home where they raised six children. Hammad died this past June at age 61. The store is now run by two of his children.
“Sam’s story is another example of a hard-working immigrant who lived the American dream,” said Councilman Reed. “He came here with nothing, saved his money, built a business and raised a wonderful family. Sam is a credit to our city and to our nation.”