Quizno's headed for closure this weekend

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It’s a wrap for Alder Street sub shop Quiznos.

The downtown Walla Walla eatery, 7 W. Alder St., is slated for closure.

The contract to operate the franchise is set to end later this month, and owner Mike Clapper has been unable to find someone to take over as he prepares to retire.

“I’m going to miss all my customers,” Clapper said this morning. “I have some very good loyal customers that come in two and three times a week.”

Clapper said the last day for the 13 1/2-year-old business will be Sunday. He said at least one person has come forward with an interest in keeping the business going. However, if that transpired the transition still would not be able to take place in time to keep the business running without a closure.

Clapper opened Quiznos in the Drumheller Building in 2000. The Denver-based chain is known for its toasted sandwiches, salads and soups as an alternative to traditional fast-food. Founded in 1981, the company has locations in 50 states and 30 countries. Clapper had worked 23 years for Hanford as a railroad engineer before the department closed. That’s when he took on the new business venture.

Five people work at the business, he said.

One of them, Brittany Chavez, a 3 1/2-year employee there, said customers have been expressing their disappointment in losing the downtown lunch spot.

Many have heard directly from Clapper as he shares with customers. Others have also read about it on Facebook, she said. “There’s a lot of people who say they’re going to miss us,” she said. “We’ve gotten to really know our customers. We’re going to miss them as much as they’re going to miss us.”

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