Cornell Irons has spent 29 years in the U.S. Army but now he is taking on a new challenge: entrepreneurship. Officially retiring in December, he has created a new life for himself as a Charley’s Grilled Subs entrepreneur reports RGJ.com.

“Even before I went into the military, I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur,” said Irons, 48. “The opportunity just didn’t present itself.”

But now, he said, opening a franchise has come as a natural next step following his military service.

Irons, a Syracuse, N.Y., native, first became acquainted with Charley’s Grilled Subs, which has more than 400 locations worldwide, through his travels with the Army.

“Charley’s deals a lot with military,” he said. “They have many locations at airports and army bases, so through my travels I was able to get Charley’s during some of my assignments.”

As a customer, Irons liked the food — one of his top reasons, he said, for selecting the restaurant for his franchising venture.

“I’m a firm believer that if you’re going to get into business, you have to believe in the product,” he said.

Screenshot from Charley’s Grilled Subs

 

Originally posted by Angela Shupe on November 12, 2010 in Ideas.

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