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The Balclutha franchisees, Richard and Paula Jackson, said they were stunned by the win, which was announced at the annual South Island Subway awards in Christchurch recently.
A large mounted sandwich trophy, that takes pride of place in the central Balclutha store, confirms the couple operate the best Subway restaurant in the South Island.
The couple opened the store in May last year, and did not expect to win such a prize so early into their business venture.
They believed the key to running a successful business was having great staff.
They have also enjoyed giving back to the community.
The South Island awards night was a big occasion for the Balclutha franchise, as it also won an award for the best looking Sub (a Spicy Italian) and for consistent compliance in areas like book-keeping and food safety.
The next challenge for the couple is the New Zealand Subway conference on the Gold Coast, in Australia, next May.
The Balclutha store will vie with the North Island franchisee of the year at the conference to be named the overall national winner.
An all-expenses paid trip to the Subway world conference in Chicago is at stake.