Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Sub Stop Locations to Triple by '93

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Sub Stop Locations to Triple by '93

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By 1993, Don Putman, president of Sub Stop Inc. of Oklahoma City, projects the number of franchised New York-style sandwich shops to more than triple to 35 in Oklahoma and Texas.

Since buying the first deli in Edmond in 1986 with his life savings of $35,000, Putman has opened nine other restaurants in the Centralplex. With the business load, he decided to incorporate the business and offer franchises last November.

"After getting so big, you can't be everywhere," Putman said.

All 10 locations in the Oklahoma City area have been franchised out, and a Tulsa franchise at 51st and Yale will be opening May 1. Within 90 days, Putman said, three other Sub Stops will open in Tulsa.

The first sandwich shop in Edmond is located at 46 E. 15th St., moved from its original location at Second and Boulevard. The Edmond shop also doubles as a bakery where all Sub Stop breads are made fresh daily.

A bakery has also given Sub Stops the ability to expand its menu from the East Coast specialty subs to include party subs and desserts.

Oklahoma City delis are in Quail Springs Mall, the Marketplace on NW Expressway and at NW 72nd St. and N. Western Ave., NW 38th St. and MacArthur Blvd., NW 122nd St. and N. May Ave. and SW 44th St. and S. Pennsylvania Ave., plus the newest shop downtown in the First Interstate Bank concourse. Other area restaurants are located in Yukon and El Reno.

Twenty-five locations in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio are also under consideration, he said. The goal, he said, is to open one restaurant a month over the next two years.

"We have three or four more (locations) where leases are pending, and we plan to open up 25 locations by the end of 1991," Putman said.

"By the end of 1993, we hope to have 35 total - 10 here (in the Oklahoma City area), five in Tulsa and the remaining 20 in Texas.

"We feel these chains have potential at the national level as well."

When Putman bought the first sandwich shop in Edmond as an admiring routine customer, he was in the oil field business and continued full-time in that business until about September 1990 when the delis needed his full attention. …

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