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.
â€œEven before I went into the military, I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur,â€ said Irons, 48. â€œThe opportunity just didnâ€™t present itself.â€
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 Charleyâ€™s Grilled Subs, which has more than 400 locations worldwide, through his travels with the Army.
â€œCharleyâ€™s deals a lot with military,â€ he said. â€œThey have many locations at airports and army bases, so through my travels I was able to get Charleyâ€™s during some of my assignments.â€
As a customer, Irons liked the food â€” one of his top reasons, he said, for selecting the restaurant for his franchising venture.
â€œIâ€™m a firm believer that if youâ€™re going to get into business, you have to believe in the product,â€ he said.
Screenshot from Charley’s Grilled Subs