Despite his background, Mr. Ruffalo was amazed at the success of his first experimental and unpretentious submarine sandwich restaurant. Within several months, Donnie, as he preferred to be called, was approached by people interested in following his example. In January of 1976 the first franchised Sub Station II unit was launched in Charleston, SC. In May and June of that same year two other franchises were awarded: one in downtown Sumter, SC and another in Columbia, SC. All three of these units remain in operation today.
Sadly, Mr. Ruffalo passed away in November 2011, but his dream lives on. Since that time his daughters, Sandra and Susan, and his brothers, John and Charles, have been working diligently to continue and improve upon the foundation that Donnie had built over the last 45 years.
Today Sub Station II has over 40 locations spread throughout 5 states in the Southeast. With Sub Station II’s recipe for success and reinvigorated corporate team, it’s just beginning to move in a direction that will undoubtedly make it one of the major sub sandwich chains in the future.
Get to know our customers and communities, and look for ways to serve.
Keep a spirit of excitement in the store. If it's never fun, it's not worth doing.
Fresh products. Fresh perspectives. Fresh thinking.
Managers and Crew are in this together. Respect is the foundation of our team.
Keeping an open and honest line of communication between management, employees and customers.
Sub Station II is pleased to partner with Curing Kids Cancer to help raise awareness and funds for research to help cure Childhood Cancer.
Did you know that September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month?
When you visit a Sub Station II any day during the month of September, you can donate any amount to hang up one of Curing Kids Cancer's "Heart" icons to be displayed proudly with your name! We can't wait to serve you soon, and together, it's how we'll cure it!
All donations will be made by each individual store location directly to Curing Kids Cancer. Every Thursday during the month of September, our Corporate Restaurants* and Participating Franchised locations will be donating 10% of our daily proceeds to Curing Kids Cancer. Sub Station II, Inc. will donate double the amount of the individual location that raises the most money during the month of September.
*Corporate locations: 2015 Devine St, Columbia, SC; 105 Saluda Pointe Ct, Lexington, SC; 1965 Augusta Hwy, Lexington, SC; 1272 Peach Orchard Road Sumter, SC