eye-3-yellow-3d-2-new-logo philly_kyw_new philly_94wip_new 35h_cbssportsrad_philly philly_wpht_new

Local

Olympic-Sized Dispute At Reading Terminal Market

(Owner Athens Voulgardis, center, prepares meals at the Olympic Gyro stand in Reading Terminal Market.  Credit: John McDevitt)

(Owner Athens Voulgardis, center, prepares meals at the Olympic Gyro stand in Reading Terminal Market. Credit: John McDevitt)

John McDevitt John McDevitt
John McDevitt has been a reporter and editor at KYW Newsradio 1060...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Greek gyro vendor in the Reading Terminal Market says he is being forced by the US Olympic Committee to change the name of his business, “Olympic Gyro,” a name the business has used for three decades.

Claiming copyright of the word “Olympic,” the US Olympic Committee has told gyro stand owner Athens Voulgardis that he must change the name of the stand.

The lunch spot has had its name since 1982.  Voulgardis’ family bought the operation in 1984 and he has worked there since age 12.

“It comes down to money,” he says philosophically.  “It comes down to owning a word that will bring money to the USOC.”

His customers can’t believe  the USOC wants the owner of the lunch counter to change its name.

“They should use the name Olympic Gyro to promote the Olympics, not to take it away,” says one woman, adding, “Go away, Olympic Committee!”

Voulgardis (back to camera in photo) says he has been given one year to change the name.

“Ideas were thrown out.  They threw ‘Olympus’ at me. I threw ‘Olympia’ at them.  I got the OK for that, but it all comes down to what’s available corporate-wise.   I have to redo my corporation.”

Voulgardis  says it’s going to cost him about $6,000 to make the switch, including new neon signs.   A plea for reimbursement, he adds, has been turned down by the USOC.

Top Content On CBSPhilly

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 31,499 other followers