Quizno's back in business in downtown Walla Walla

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Quizno’s is back in business.

The downtown sub shop quietly reopened its doors this week under new ownership.

“I wanted a Quizno’s in town. I didn’t want to see it go,” said Bruce Hallowell, who purchased the franchise with his brother-in-law, Jeff Knowles.

The Walla Walla Quizno’s, 7 W. Alder St., was previously owned by Mike Clapper, who retired in August after 13 1/2 years at the helm of the local franchise. At the time of his retirement, Clapper had said various people had come forward with an interest in keeping the business going. However, an ownership change at that time would not have been possible without a period of closure, he said.

Hallowell is new to restaurants. He previously worked in an office for a hay exporting firm and in pipe insulation for a plumbing business after studying business administration.

A staff of about 10 people is getting the business back up and running, he said. A franchise consultant from Quizno’s is in town this week assisting with training. “We’re still learning right now,” Hallowell said.

A grand opening is slated for next Wednesday. Guests will get to spin a wheel for a chance at prizes. They can also pick up a free sub with the purchase of chips and a drink. Those who sign up for a loyalty program will be entered to win a 55-inch television.

Meanwhile, hours of operation are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends.

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