Sandwich shop rises on University

By Bj Lewis and Karina Ramirez/Staff Writers

A second Schlotzsky’s Deli is coming to Denton.

The sandwich shop at University Drive and Carroll Boulevard is tentatively scheduled to open in early December.

Recent construction on the Schlotzsky’s building, at the northeast corner of the intersection, has attracted the notice of passers-by. The building previously housed a First United Bank branch.

Schlotzsky’s spokeswoman Debbie Gardner said the building renovation is “very tricky” but doable.

The owners of the new restaurant are franchisees Cary and Jackie Albert, who own three Schlotzsky’s locations, in Flower Mound, Coppell and Euless.

Cary Albert said he appreciates that Schlotzsky’s is a homegrown brand and a unique one.

“We wanted to stick to our roots,” he said.

The Alberts signed a lease last November for 416 W. University Drive, but received the commercial permit in July, according to city records.

“It has taken a long time since it has a lot of moving parts,” Albert said. “We went from a bank to a restaurant, so we had to deal with zoning requests and we also had to close off one of the entrances off University.”

According to city records, the bank location was 3,790 square feet. By the time the Alberts complete their restaurant modifications, it will be close to 3,200 square feet, with patio seating and a drive-through.

The franchise owners plan to hire 25 people at the new location.

The First United Bank location had operated for six years at the corner of University and Carroll. That location moved to the Rayzor Ranch Marketplace a year ago.

“We rented that property from a gentleman, and it served us well while we had it,” said Weston Thaggard, a bank officer at First United Bank.

He said the intersection should bring a lot of traffic to the restaurant.

“I think it will do well there,” he said. “The drive-through concept has also worked for other restaurants around there like McDonald’s and Jack in the Box.”

Schlotzsky’s is a subsidiary of FOCUS Brands. The sandwich shop, known for its round, muffuletta-style bread, was founded in Austin in 1971. The franchise has grown to 350 locations, including nearly 165 in Texas, Gardner said.

Denton’s current Schlotzsky’s location, owned by another franchisee, opened in 1991 at 2410 S. Interstate 35E.

Gardner said another location existed on Avenue B in the early 1990s.

“We have had a very loyal following in Denton,” Gardner said, thank university students for requesting more locations in the area. “It is still going strong.”

Source: Denton Record-Chronicle

 

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