When Dale Schrader began contemplating a move to Whatcom County from Canada in the early ’90s, it only made sense that
the longtime food industry worker would want to set up shop as well. “I’ve owned three other franchises,” he said. “It was my ticket here.”
On April 1, 1993, Schrader opened his fourth franchise – a Subway shop – on the corner of Peace Portal and Marine drives. “It was our April Fool’s Day joke,” he said.
His joke is a longstanding one, and this year he will celebrate 20 years in his sandwich shop. It’s a laudable feat, considering that 70 percent of restaurants don’t survive past the 10-year mark, according to a study conducted by researchers at Cornell University and Michigan State University. But Schrader’s business has thrived. The franchise expanded to four other shops in the county, with a second location in Blaine, with more than 40 local employees.
“It’s a very satisfying experience to say that you’ve been in business for 20 years,” he said. Though a lot of the traffic through his restaurant is trans-border, Schrader said it’s the locals who keep him in business. “I’m grateful for the people in Blaine who have supported us over the years,” he said.
“I anticipated a long presence in Blaine,” Schrader said. “It’s a good community.”
In celebration of the restaurant’s 20th anniversary, the shop will be offering a drawing for a Samsung Galaxy tablet as well as a ‘buy one, get one free’ special on Saturday.
To enter the drawing, visit Subway at 429 Peace Portal Drive anytime this week.