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Firehouse Subs opens to big response from Blount County

When the management at the newly opened Firehouse Subs saw Maryville Fire Department trucks pull up to their door Dec. 4, they weren’t surprised but they were nervous.

It was their grand opening and manager Natasha Elliott said the whole staff was on edge as they sat down to eat before opening the doors for lunch. “We were so nervous, some of us couldn’t eat. We were worried we might not get it right,” Elliott said.

Judging from the response they’ve gotten from the public, they’re doing something right.

“We have the highest sales of any Firehouse in the United States,” said Elliott. “I’m buying a 50 pound bag of sugar a day and 100 pounds of steak every day and a half. We’ve had to get three truck-loads of food a day as opposed to one order a week. Maryville has been amazing, and we’re grateful to be here. We’re exhausted, but in a good way.”

Elliott said that everything from salads to sandwiches to brownies is made fresh daily and that when someone takes an order, the staff tries to get fill that order in six minutes or less. While response to the Firehouse Subs has been good, Elliott said she still wants improvements. “We’re going to get better,” she said. “We’re going to get faster.”

Firehouse Subs in Maryville is owned by Heather and John Sloan and Nicole and Rick Sloan.

Firehouse Subs in on Washington Street and is open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Orders can also be placed via fax at 865-980-3335, through the web at www.firehousesubs.com or by phone at 865-980-3332.

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