BRENNA COHOON | JEFFERSON HERALD “I’m excited to work for her,” said Anthony Cotton, manager, when speaking about Deb Stevenson, owner.BRENNA COHOON | JEFFERSON HERALD Jefferson’s new Subway staff will be in action beginning Friday, July 28. Back row, from left to right: Anthony Cotton, Camryn Quirk, Natalie Wright, Alexis Hagar, Sam Cartwright and Zachary Nystrom. Front row, from left to right: Jonathan Kniffin, Tammy Tolsdorf and Deb Stevenson.

Subway starts fresh


Updates have been made and employees have been hired. The community’s wait is almost over.

Located on North Elm Street, Subway will be up and running once again on Friday, July 28 more than one year after closing.

The restaurant’s owner, Deb Stevenson, is eager to reopen her doors to Jefferson and the rest of Greene County.

“Hopefully they’ll come back and welcome us back in the community,” Stevenson said. “We’re going to train so we’re at our absolute best, but we’re going to have all new faces.”

Subway closed in May 2022 when Stevenson’s last three employees all tested positive for COVID-19 at the same time.

Following its grand reopening, Subway’s main goals are to provide customers with great sandwiches and service.

Anthony Cotton, the restaurant’s new manager, recently relocated to Jefferson from Minnesota. Cotton has prior management experience from Buffalo Wild Wings and looks forward to the opportunities that await him in this position.

“When I first moved here eight months ago, it was still sitting here as a building,” he said. “I said, ‘Someday, I want to be a manager there.’ I don’t know why, because it was still closed and I had experience.”

When the news about Subway’s reopening reached Cotton, he applied for the role of manager and was ultimately hired. His personal emphasis is based upon building a culture of teamwork with the new staff.

“I’ve built teams before, and it’s a team effort, so we build and grow together,” Cotton said.

For Alexis Hagar, working as one of this Subway location’s employees is her first job. She began training nearly a month ago at the Subway in Winterset.

“When you walk in here and you want to order a sub, you get to talk to people. We’re friendly, we’ll talk to you, we’ll make your sub and send you on your day with a sub,” Hagar said. “I feel like people are so excited for us to open.”

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