By Robert Medley
At one point shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic began in spring of 2020, business at Subway restaurants in Yukon was down about 67% compared to the previous year.
But those restaurants owned by husband and wife Lisa and Troy Strickland of Piedmont have survived, and the Stricklands are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year owning a Subway in Yukon, their first one at 101 E. Vandament Ave.
“When this whole thing hit it was really tough,” Troy Strickland said. “We were down 67% versus last year which was really tough. We actually had started out 2020 with a good year, looking really positive and then business kind of ramped up a little bit but it was slow.”
The couple also has the Subway at 1527 Piedmont Road that has been there 17 years.
The Stricklands bought the Subway in Yukon at 101 E. Vandament Ave. from George and Kathy Larkin, who had opened it 30 years ago.
Another Subway they own is located at 1300 W. Vandament Ave. suite 101. There is one at 11301 W. Reno Ave. also.
Lisa Strickland said two decades ago, the ownership of a Subway got off to a bit of a “rocky start.”
“We bought the store and found out we were having our child,” she said.
“We had a store to run and a kid coming, so it was kind of scary,” Lisa Strickland said.
Their son Trent was born, and business went better and Trent is 19 years-old today.
Their last Subway is at 12324 N. Mustang Road in Surrey Hills.
The Subway history goes back to the 1960s when the first Subway opened under the name in 1968.