Subway to re-open soon under LTM management
by Ross DuBray
The Subway restaurant in downtown Eagle Butte, which has been closed since March 1, will soon re-open under new management.
Lakota Thrifty Mart has agreed to re-open the store under LTM management. Tyson LaPlante who is currently an assistant manager at LTM will oversee operations at the store.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe purchased the Subway franchise license two years ago and opened the restaurant in August 2011 under the management of the Cheyenne River Telephone Authority. The Cheyenne River Telephone Authority Board of Directors made the business decision at their February meeting to lock the doors on March 1, 2013. The tribe has maintained the franchise and has switched the managing entity to the Lakota Thrifty Mart.
According to LaPlante, they are shooting for a June 12, 2013 re-opening. “We’ve ordered the uniforms and inventory and are hoping we can get things opened by the 12th,” said LaPlante.
LaPlante, along with two other managers, will attend Subway University in Connecticut, a two-week training session at the Subway headquarters. Until then, LaPlante says they’ll be relying on former employees to get things started.
According to LaPlante, Subway will be just an extension of the food court and will be operated similar to the other food court franchises such as Hot Stuff Pizza and Joey Pagodas. “Only difference, it’ll be out of store.” said LaPlante.
“We are going to emphasize customer service during peak times,” said LaPlante. To reduce wait time, they are going to use a five-person front, “A greeter, three sandwich artists, and a cashier,” said LaPlante.
A grand re-opening is scheduled to be held during Eagle Butte’s Hometown Day Celebration in July.