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Whether it’s called a hoagie, a hero, a grinder, a spuckie, a poor boy or a wedge, the sub sandwich has proved to be a mainstay in the diets of countless Midwesterners. This familiarity is due in large part to Bill Specht and Jim Sheppard’s brainchild, Cousins Subs, which opened its first location on Milwaukee’s 60th Street in 1972. After nearly 40 years, the brand has grown to approximately 150 locations in nine states and continues to offer its customers the freshest breads, meats and toppings. The Menomonee Falls-based company recently announced plans to increase its number of units to roughly 170 and, through continued growth in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Arizona and North Dakota, hopes to have 220 restaurants in operation by 2010. Poised For Growth: How has this local company succeeded in having a national presence? What’s the strategy behind their steady growth? What does Cousins Subs attribute to their almost four decades of success? Like Father, Like Daughter: Bill Specht’s daughter, Christine, started working at Cousins Subs when she was 15 years old. Now 34, she assumed the role of president and COO in March 2008. Speak to Christine about her transition from making subs, bussing tables and running the register to being Cousins Subs’ head honcho. Keeping It Fresh: After nearly 40 years in business, how does Cousins Subs continue to keep up with the ever-changing market? Tune in and find out how they have continued to thrive.

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