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Firehouse Subs to open

Farragut residents will be able to enjoy Firehouse Subs sandwiches by the end of the year.

“Our projected opening date is the 30th,” franchise owner James Blake said.

“Farragut has been one of the stores that has been in our sights sort of since the beginning. And with the new development of the Kroger Marketplace and that whole shopping center, we felt it was the right time to be in that area.

“We wanted to put something in that was a little more accessible to the neighborhoods and the schools, and really wanted to be more a part of the Farragut community and more in the heart of Farragut,” Blake said.

The restaurant, which will be opening at 116 Brooklawn St. next to China Pearl, will house the intended location of a coffee shop.

And because of that existing building, the Farragut location will have something rather unusual for a Firehouse Subs location — a pick-up window.

“It won’t be a situation where it’s going to be a drive-thru, where you come up and order in the line. It will simply be a way for people to call in, which they do in our normal stores, but rather than have to get out of their cars, they can drive through the pick-up window,” Blake said.

But inside, Firehouse Subs will be a little more typical, with 43 indoor seats and about a dozen outside.

“We’ll have a mural with Rural Metro’s local truck in the mural ... with the Farragut High School star they have on the side of it.

“It’ll be a neat mural that will be hung inside there,” Blake said.

He hopes to have other local memorabilia on the walls as well.

Firehouse Subs will be open seven days a week: from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays.

Two brothers, who also were firefighters, founded firehouse Subs in 1994 in Jacksonville, Fla. The company has since been franchised, now with more than 400 locations nationwide.

Once the Farragut location is up-and-running, there will be nine locations in the Greater Knoxville area.

Blake owns four Firehouse Subs in West Knox County and Loudon County.

Tommy Saul, with Brooklawn developers Blanchard & Calhoun, said Farragut residents soon will see a Sweet Cece’s Frozen Yogurt and a massage business as well.

For more information about Firehouse Subs, call the Farragut business at 865-966-FIRE (3473).


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