10-17-2019 WHS Grad gives Coloma Subway new life; Preliminary parks wish list discussed at Coloma Ch

THIS KUTE KID IS… Malia Leolani Morris, daughter of Kameron and Kristy Morris of St. Joseph. Her grandparents are Ann & Andy DeHaven and Rick & Tari Howard, all of Watervliet.

WHS grad gives Coloma Subway new life

By Teresa Smithers Too often, we are not aware at how much our life experiences are teaching us. At just 26, Jordan Hurst, son of Laurie Roggow and the late Michael Hurst, is the new owner of the Coloma Subway sandwich shop, and he never would have guessed that was in his future six years ago.

NEW OWNER… Jordan Hurst welcomes all to his Subway sandwich shop in downtown Coloma, Michigan. (TCR photo by Teresa Smithers)

Actually, Jordan never liked Subway sandwiches growing up; his mother insisted on them as an alternative to fast foods. But it was a good place to work while he pursued a degree at Southwestern Michigan College to become a band teacher. When he saw that the courses were more academics than music, his disillusionment led him to Kalamazoo Valley Community College to study graphic design, then, still unsure, he moved to other opportunities across the state. Along the way, he worked at various Subway shops, never realizing that they were the education he had been pursuing. At each shop, he gained experience and skills in running a Subway business that were valuable to employers. As he added skills to his repertoire – not just sandwich artistry, but fixing equipment, ordering, problem-solving and more – his business education grew. “I could walk in and say, ‘I can do this and this, and have it all done by this time,’ and employers loved it,” he said. He became the Business Development agent for Subways in the Detroit market. By the time he was 23, he was made Business Development Manager. He wasn’t aware of it at the time, but all of his hard work behind the counter was providing the business education he needed to fulfill his destiny. When his grandfather grew ill, Hurst returned home. He worked as a manager and talked to his former boss about the possibility of actually purchasing a Subway shop; Coloma was available. It wasn’t easy. Despite appearances, Hurst is not wealthy, except in terms of family support, hard work, and determination. In those qualities, he is rich, indeed. Despite naysayers – “I know, I’m young,” he says, “I get it!” – he purchased Coloma Subway on September 25, 2019. As a new business owner, the first thing this Watervliet graduate did was to become a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Being raised in this area, he loves it and wants his business to be a vital part of the communities he loves. This is home. In less than a month, people are already talking about the changes Hurst has made at the Coloma Subway. Under his management, four employees, plus two on call keep service great. Heather Shackelford is the evening manager, so there is always a manager available. The floor plan is now open and welcoming with room for wheelchairs and strollers. The food selection is abundant, with generous truck orders keeping it fresh. And all of the equipment has been repaired and is running efficiently. Better, brighter lighting is next. As soon as that is accomplished, Hurst will hold a grand opening to which everyone is invited! Located in downtown Coloma, Subway is open seven days a week: Mon. – Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Preliminary parks wish list

discussed at Coloma Charter Township meeting

By Annette Christie With over 160 responses to the parks and recreation survey, the Coloma Charter Township Board received a preview at their meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 9, of the wish list that is developing out of those surveys. Cindy LaGrow provided an update of the 5-Year Parks and Recreation Plan revisions, as it expires at the