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Popular Newberg sandwich shop's original owners will retire after selling the business

People searching for a tasty sub sandwich can continue to dine at Pogy's Subs as a new owner has stepped up to keep its doors open.GARY ALLEN - Paula Runnells and Jim Oravetz opened Pogy's Subs in July 1990 in its original location in a shopping center off Everest Road. They moved the business to its current location on Hayes Street in 1999.

Paula Runnells and Jim Oravetz opened the shop in July 1990 in a location in the shopping center on Everest Road. It seated 12 people. In 1999, they moved the business to its current location on Hayes Street, which afforded more seating and more space in the kitchen for its seven employees. It was formerly a Sub Shop 18 franchise.

"I got out of the franchise and started Pogy's subs and it really took off," Runnells said.

Other than making a living, her aspirations were fairly simple when she opened the store.

"Doing something I loved and making a living was my only goal," she said. "For the last 20 years, (my goal) has been to help the community and make the best subs in town in a family atmosphere."

Runnells and Oravetz had been training their granddaughter to take over the business, but that plan didn't work out.

"Symone decided, as a single mom, that it took too much time away from her two small children," Runnells said. "She is going back to school to become a teacher."

So retirement is in the couple's future.

"Without anyone to take over Pogy's, it's time for us to rest," she said in early October before a couple stepped up to purchase the business. She added that the new owners expect to keep the business unchanged.

She said she will recall fondly being part of the community and delivering tasty treats to its residents.

"Some of the fun has been delivering all over the community, from a couple of subs to a nine-foot (sandwich) that hung out of our Geo Metro with a red flag on the end …," Runnells said.

In addition to delivering their tasty treats, the business also did catering and, once they purchased a trailer, served out of that as well at wrestling meets, Booster Club events, FFA gatherings, golf tournaments and more.

After more than 27 years of feeding the greater Newberg area the couple are ready to move on.

"Yes, we wish to retire," Runnells said. "We have many jobs at home that we have put off, which we will catch up on. And we want to travel and see our beautiful country."

She added that the couple's "freedom date" is Oct. 28.

"We are grateful for the opportunity and experience to have served the community for 27 years," she concluded.

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