PC man is new owner of Subway restaurants
In mid-June, long-time Subway customer Larry Eden, of Pierce City, became the owner of the two Subway restaurants in Cassville, which were formerly owned by Jason Kruse, of Springfield.
"I grew up in Diamond, and now I live in Pierce City so I haven't moved far," said Eden. "I grew up coming to Cassville, Roaring River, Campbell Point and Eagle Rock. I love the location, and all the things there are to do in the area.
"Cassville is a nice area," continued Eden. "I'm excited to be a part of the community, and the customers have been very welcoming."
Eden, who has a bachelor's degree in computer systems from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and a master's degree in computer information systems from Missouri State University in Springfield, formerly served as the chief information officer at Efco in Monett for 15 years.
"After I left Efco, I took a year off," said Eden. "I trained for an iron man and did projects around the house. I also like to hunt and fish so I did that. I just did all the things I enjoy."
Eden also spent time substitute teaching at Pierce City High School, served as a sponsor for Project Graduation and helped organize the first Turkey Trot, which benefits the Pierce City Backpack Program.
During his time off, Eden often dined at the Subway restaurant in Monett. He also enjoyed using the high-speed Internet available at the restaurant.
"When I started evaluating what I wanted to do next, I thought about how Subway is such a big part of what I eat because I am always training," said Eden. "I met Jason while at the Monett Subway, and he said he was buying some other stores.
"My business broker thought this might fit well for me," said Eden. "It has given Jason the cash inflow he needed for his other stores and allowed me to get my foot in the door with Subway."
Eden attended several training sessions before he began serving as the new owner at the Cassville Subway restaurants.
"As far as franchises, you will not find a better support system for the owner and staff than Subway offers," said Eden.
Since taking leadership of the local facilities, he has also spent time making sandwiches, running the register and learning the other operational duties at each of the local restaurants.
In addition to learning the daily operations at both Cassville Subway restaurants, Eden has completed remodeling projects at both stores. Improved lighting was installed, a new sound system was placed in the restaurant located in the Walmart Supercenter and a new ceiling was placed in the Main Street restaurant.
"We are updating the bathroom equipment in the restaurants," said Eden. "I will also be investing in employee training. We plan to roll that out next month. It will be training they can complete online."
Eden said he is fortunate to have several dedicated and experienced staff members at both of the local restaurants. Several of the staff members have worked for Subway for numerous years.
"I want to be very active in the community and community organizations," said Eden. "Subway is the largest franchise in the world, and the franchise expects its owners to be very involved and active in individual communities."
Eden lives in Pierce City with his wife of 26 years, Valerie. The couple have two children, Laurel and her husband Landoll, who live in Mt. Vernon, and Tyler, who is a sophomore at Missouri Southern State University and assists in the Subway stores.
"Valerie is employed at Jack Henry and has been very supportive of my endeavors," said Eden. "She was truly my partner in the evaluation of different business opportunities as we began this journey."
Eden has scheduled a grand re-opening at the Cassville restaurants on Friday, Aug. 31. Throughout the day, all six-inch subs will be buy one get one free with the purchase of a 21-ounce drink.
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will also hold a ribbon cutting at the Subway located at 52 Main St. in Cassville at 11 a.m. on Aug. 31.