A popular sub shop in downtown Tamaqua celebrated its re-grand opening recently. Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce members, Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison and shop staff were on hand during the event of the Tamaqua Subway, located at 36 West Broad Street.

Compared to other similar restaurants, this Subway offers something a little different. Its owner and manager are also both part time police officers. "I've always loved Subway," said Tamaqua Subway owner Gerry Gallagher, a 23-year retiree of the Pennsylvania State Police, as he recalled eating his first Subway sandwich in the 1970s in Connecticut. "When people come in, they know what to expect."

Gallagher has served a total of over 37 years with law enforcement and currently serves as a part time officer with the Tamaqua Police Department. Subway manager Maria Aracena, who is also a part time officer in Tamaqua, stated, "I'm glad to personally know all of our customers."

Gallagher bought the restaurant in January and has strived to improve business by offering specials and continuing with Subway's traditions.

The Tamaqua Subway employees six sandwich artists and one manager.

"I've know Gerry and Maria since they started with the police department four years ago," said Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison, who was on-hand during the ribbon cutting. "It is great to see this part of downtown thriving."

When asked why he bought this store, Gallagher said, "Everyone loves Subway. It was a great business opportunity." He added, "Subway has continued their lifelong tradition of only using fresh quality ingredients in their subs."

"All our bread is fresh baked everyday," said Arecena.

The restaurant, which also offers a breakfast menu all day, is open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Gallagher said, "Customers can turn any of our subs into a breakfast sub or salad."

"We also work with local schools and nonprofit organizations to offer fundraising opportunities," said Gallagher. The store has also donated free subs to local emergency responders and Salvation Army during a number of local emergencies in Tamaqua this year.

Today, the Subway is the world's largest submarine sandwich chain with more than 34,000 locations around the world.

In addition to submarine sandwiches, Subway offers cookies, pizza, chips, fruit, yogurt, juices, soups, fresh brewed iced tea and so on.

One thing Gallagher is proud of is Subway's Fresh Fit value meals. "Many of our 6 inch sandwiches have 6 grams of fat or less."

Aracena stressed that customers can call in their orders by calling (570) 668-1193 or via fax at (570) 668-1194.