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Posted: May 11, 2013 7:27 p.m.

Firehouse Subs comes to Covington

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Firehouse Subs is coming to Covington, adding another national, fast casual chain to the city’s growing restaurant mix.

Firehouse, which is known for its hot submarine sandwiches, is locating in The Exchange shopping center, on the end opposite Burrito Loco. The Exchange is on U.S. Highway 278, just west of its intersection with Emory Street.

Renovation of the building is expected to start in the coming weeks and the restaurant is set to open in early July, according to local franchisee Emily Findley, who will co-own the restaurant with her husband Mike.

“The community’s steady growth, demographics and family environment is why we chose to open a Firehouse Subs restaurant in Covington,” Findley said. “Since families typically look for quality food options that are affordable with a family friendly atmosphere, Covington is a perfect fit for Firehouse Subs.”

Jacksonville-based Firehouse was founded by former firefighters, brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen. The company also founded the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which provides money to public safety organizations to purchase equipment and provides those agencies with disaster assistance and educational opportunities. Donations can be made in store or online or by purchasing certain non-food items from the chain.

The restaurant won an award earlier this year for top service at a fast casual restaurant, from restaurant industry analysis firm Technomic. The company also won an award for its sandwiches from Nation’s Restaurant News Consumer Picks, a company spokesperson said.

Firehouse’s announcement comes on the heels of Moe’s Southwest Grill, another national fast casual chain.
The nearest Firehouse Subs is located at The Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia.

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