Oct. 16, 2006

Winsted's former Tom Thumb building has new owners

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

Glenn Hussong of Glencoe, and his business partner, Randy Wartner of Marshall, are eager to complete their current remodeling efforts in what was formerly the Tom Thumb building on McLeod County Road 1 in Winsted.

When the work is completed, their first plan is to move Winsted Subway from right across the street into their new building. The new location has a larger parking area, and and more seating room inside.

They are considering the Subway move to be uncomplicated. The date to open in the new location will be approximately the middle of November. The Subway hours will be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Subway is not a new business to Wartner and Hussong. Together, they own a Subway in Glencoe purchased in 2001; the Subway in Winsted was purchased in 2002; and two Subways in Hutchinson were purchased in 2003.

Hussong and Wartner are a little more nervous about their new business venture, Hussong’s Liquor Store.

“We’ve never owned a liquor store before. Subway, we know what is on our plate. The liquor store we don’t know yet,” Hussong said.

The liquor store idea was thought of after the building was purchased.

“Because of the difficulty to rent the other half of the building, we thought the liquor store would be a profitable business, and there was a need, ” Hussong said.

Hussong’s Liquor Store will be located in the same building as Subway, but on the other side. Each will have their own entrances.

With the liquor store, they plan to do a little research and talk to vendors. They do not plan to open the liquor store until after the first of the year. The liquor store hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and will not be open on Sunday.

Wartner, who also owns seven other Subways that he has been running since 1988, in addition to the four he owns with Hussong, has decided to be more of a silent partner in the Winsted undertaking. Hussong will pretty much be in charge of the building and the businesses in Winsted, Hussong said.

“Since the liquor store is new, I should be here quite a bit to help it get started,” Hussong said.

Originally from Okabena, Minn., a town of about 300 people, between Worthington and Jackson, Hussong is one of seven children, four brothers and two sisters.

After attending a two-year technical school in Granite Falls, he lived in Brookings, S.D. where he worked at Falcon Plastics, making injection molding, from 1994 to 2001.

In 2001, Hussong moved back to Minnesota. “My biggest reason for moving back to Minnesota is because I was the only one in my family that lived out in South Dakota. I was driving once a month, three hours one way, to come out this way and see my family,” Hussong said.

Hussong lives with his wife, Samantha; daughter, Isabella, 3, and son, Gabriel, 1, in Glencoe.

Besides spending time with his wife, children, and family, Hussong enjoys ice fishing and four-wheeling.

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