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Beverly Ferree
Beverly Ferree

Potbelly Sandwich Shop Opens in Moore

Nov 08, 2017
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Potbelly Sandwich Shop opened their doors in Moore on 19th Street, right in front of Dick’s Sporting Goods, on September 18. Potbelly has been around for more than 40 years and is known for their made-to-order sandwiches and live music.

Jason McLuckie, the General Manager of the Moore location, has been with the company for almost four years.

“Potbelly started in 1977 in Chicago, Illinois,” said McLuckie. “The gentleman who started us is Peter Hastings. He actually started with an antique shop, but he was selling sandwiches around his potbelly stove in his antique store. Once he started making more money selling toasted sandwiches than antiques, he switched to just selling sandwiches.”

Although McLuckie came by way of Dallas, he has settled into his new home.

“We want to grow our brand in all the neighborhoods,” said McLuckie. “We started in Oklahoma City and then realized that Moore was a good option for us.”

So, why did McLuckie decide to work for Potbelly?

“I fell in love with the company,” said McLuckie. “I like the fact that every shop that we introduce into the neighborhood is for that neighborhood. I want people to think of us as the neighborhood shop. When you come in, I want to know your name, I want to know what sandwich you get, and I want to interact and connect with the people around me.”

And while there are several businesses around that just want to make money, McLuckie says what sets them apart is what they give back.

“We do fundraisers for non-profits,” McLuckie said. “We give back to the community. It’s not about the dollar; it’s about the people, and it’s the fact that the company believes in the community around them. It’s been nice to work for a company that empowers me to do what I do but also to give back to the community that makes me love coming to my job every day.”

But Potbelly is not just a sandwich shop.

“We do catering, too,” explained McLuckie. “We deliver between 11a.m. and 2p.m., but if you need something for a different time, just call me and I’m going to do everything I can to make it work and help you out… It’s all about that TLC. We put a lot of care behind what we do. It’s not just to make a dollar. We want to be part of this neighborhood.”

And there are other features that make Potbelly unique.

“We find local musicians to play, like during the nights we do fundraisers,” McLuckie said. “We do open mic night with the high schoolers. It’s a way to invoke excitement into the restaurant.”

If someone is interested in playing at Potbelly, just get in touch with McLuckie at the restaurant.

So, what about the food? When I arrived, they were making me a Turkey Club sandwich, fresh with all-natural, hand-pulled, slow-roasted turkey, topped with Nueske’s bacon and cheddar cheese on toasty warm bread, with mayo, lettuce and tomato. And, yes, it was as good as it sounds! 

They also serve signature sandwiches, like The Wreck, which has roast beef, salami, turkey, ham, swiss cheese and toppings according to your specifications. 

“Realistically, we have a little bit of everything,” McLuckie said. “We have good vegetarian options.  One of my favorites is the Mediterranean that comes with humus, feta, artichoke hearts, red peppers and cucumbers.”

They also made a homemade chocolate shake for me, and let me tell you…leave your diet at home when you come because you’re going to want to try the shakes.

“Customer service is what we do,” McLuckie said. “Making sandwiches is just the extra stuff. Our employees are high quality people. They have fun at work. They like to smile and have a good time. Potbelly is a good company. We have some really good values that make us special.”



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