From the notebook of business editor Tim Rausch

Andy Pye, the Firehouse guy

Andy Pye, who owns Firehouse Subs franchises in Augusta, Evans, North Augusta and Aiken, recently won the Jacksonville, Fla. company's top franchisee award for 2006.

But here's the part you'll really care about: His fifth store is expected to open this year and, during the next few years, he said he plans to open "four to five" more in the market.

Why not? If they can shoehorn a Subway and Blimpie on nearly every corner, they can do the same for the home of the New York Steamer (my personal favorite).

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