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Firehouse Subs Set to Open March 5

7 Jan

UPDATE: Due to weather delays, Firehouse Subs is now set to open around March 5th or just after.

As reported in an earlier post, Firehouse Subs will be setting up shop soon on Jackson Avenue in Oxford. The previous post reported that it would be in the former location of Movie Gallery, but after talking with franchisee Chris Stephenson, I found out that the plan is now to open it in the old Regions Bank (same strip mall).

Chris is an Ole Miss alum who has worked in foodservice most of his adult life. He says that when he first tried Firehouse Subs a couple of years ago, he was hooked. “My family and I kept creating reasons to visit Memphis and Southaven so we could eat at Firehouse while we were in the area.” It was then that Chris and his wife decided that they wanted to be involved in the company.

Chris says that the sub shop is unique not only with its sandwiches, but also with its decor and mission. “The company was founded by two firefighters and the store’s interior reflects that,” says Chris. A mural is currently being produced for the Oxford store that will blend images from the surrounding community and a firefighting theme. As for supporting firefighters, The Public Safety Foundation, started by the company’s founders after the 2004 hurricane, collects donations through various avenues and uses the funds to help firehouses in need across the United States. Chris says that over the last two years, more than $2.2 million has been donated. And, at all Firehouse Subs, uniformed officers always receive free beverages.

As for the menu, Chris says the subs are loaded with fresh-sliced, steamed, choice meat (a 1/2 pound on a large) and a choice of veggies on toasted white or wheat bread. At the Oxford location, coupons will be distributed that invite kids to eat for free any night of the week when accompanied by a dining adult.

Chris will be the acting general manager at the Oxford location and plans to open a second location in Tupelo within the next couple of years.

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