|Subway changes ownership, keeps same great food|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
As of last Wednesday, June 13, Subway in Holyoke began operating under new ownership with owners Pete and Kristin Sorensen and Phil and Karen Trippet of Fort Collins taking over the local restaurant.
The Sorensens first got involved in Subway in Illinois, where they own eight Subway restaurants. Now living in Colorado, they have taken on six more—three in Fort Collins, one in Longmont, one in Julesburg and now one in Holyoke.
Now on their 14th Subway ownership, the couple partnered with the Trippets for the Holyoke establishment.
In 2003, co-owners Teresa Mailander and Leo Mailander of Holyoke launched the local Subway restaurant at 143 S. Interocean, one block south of the stoplight. Teresa said it’s been exactly nine years since they opened their doors on June 12, 2003 and their last day of business on June 12, 2012.
The enjoyable part of the experience was working with the wonderful staff members over the past nine years, said Teresa, adding that relationships with both the staff and with community members are what made it all worth it.
Almost everything about the Holyoke Subway will stay the same, including the great Subway food, ice cream and hours of operation.
District manager Kim Withey of Fort Collins has been with Subway for 20 years and oversees the Sorensens’ six Colorado locations. She expects to be around every 4-6 weeks or during busy times of the year.
Shari Cagle of Holyoke is the new store manager. She will handle all of the day-to-day operations of the store including paperwork, ordering and more, in addition to helping prepare the food. One of the biggest changes taking place is having a full-time manager at the Holyoke location. Cagle worked at Subway in Holyoke from approximately 2004-2008.
Subway restaurant in Holyoke changed ownership last week. New store manager Shari Cagle is pictured at left with Subway district manager Kim Withey. —Enterprise photo
Many of the Sorensens’ Subways are in small communities, so they are used to that small-town atmosphere. Even though they live in Fort Collins, the four owners will still take a very hands-on approach to the restaurant.
“We’re still going to be an integral part of the community,” said Withey.
Cagle and Withey were busy with the ownership transition last week but were enthusiastic about taking over the Holyoke Subway location. Curtis Shepard, a senior field consultant for corporate Subway, was also on site. He visits restaurants once a month to ensure they are in compliance with all Subway rules.
Community members should be on the lookout for a grand opening celebration coming sometime this summer. Until then, they can continue to refresh and relax with Subway sandwiches, pizzas, drinks and ice cream.
Holyoke Enterprise June 21, 2012