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Local Subway owners named 2012 franchise winners

Traci and Mike Ritter of West Liberty are recipients of Subway’s 2012 Regional Franchisee of the Year award for multi-unit owners from the chain’s domestic markets.

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Local Subway franchisees Traci and Mike Ritter with Subway Founder Fred DeLuca. PHOTO | SUBWAY

As a Subway Franchisee of the Year, the Ritters are honored for accomplishments in building sales and increasing profits while also achieving excellent store evaluations. They were selected from among the chain’s more than 12,000 U.S. and Canadian franchisees.

“This is a great honor and it is also humbling as there are a lot of great, hard working franchisees out there,” Mr. Ritter said. “We are blessed with a great group of managers and sandwich artists, who have allowed us to grow because of their continued ability to provide great sandwiches at a value and excellent customer service.

“Also, our customers have been extremely responsive to our health and value messages and very supportive of our stores.”

The Ritters bought their first Subway 20 years ago and have specialized at building large free standing stores, some with drive thrus, in smaller cities and rural communities.  

They currently own five stores with more in development, and continue to provide job and career opportunities by employing 65 staff members.

They also are involved in community events and support local schools, organizations, and charities.

With more than 37,000 locations in 100 countries, the Subway restaurant chain is the world’s largest restaurant franchise, in terms of number of locations. Headquartered in Milford, Conn., and with regional offices in the Netherlands, Lebanon, Australia, Miami and Singapore, the Subway chain was co-founded by Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck in 1965.

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