Pine Ridge couple to open Subway restaurant
It took a lot of work but construction is underway on the first Subway restaurant on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Darlene Nichols-Ecoffey and her husband, Bob Ecoffey, the Bureau of Indian Affairs superintendent for the Pine Ridge Agency, are opening the restaurant. Even though the couple has experience in the industry, they had trouble securing financing from mainstream banks.

"We tried all the big banks, and it was very frustrating because we were turned down by a lot of people," Nichols-Ecoffey told The Rapid City Journal.

The couple ended up getting help from Lakota Funds and a bank in Nebraska. The Subway is set to open iin August.

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Pine Ridge Subway under construction (The Rapid City Journal 5/22)