CONCORD, N.C. -- Mary Niemeier and Belinda Peetz were visiting Concord in 2006 when it occurred to them that a sandwich shop could do very well here.
The two went back to Arizona and began putting together a business plan. Now, five years after moving to Concord, 2 Gals Kitchen is officially open for business at The Old Creamery in Concord.
The shop offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, soups and sides.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Niemeier said. “We fell in love with Concord and moved here with the idea of opening up this shop.”
Peetz described 2 Gals Kitchen as a “gateway for more opportunity. Eventually we want to have a full restaurant.”
Ultimately, the women hope to franchise the business and employ people who are in need of second chances. They are both former prison volunteers, an experience that makes them want to help people who have had issues in the past.
The two are both from Arizona, where Niemeier worked in hotel management and Peetz was an interior designer.
The two aren’t related – Peetz is Niemeier’s godmother – but each of them has family living in Concord now and helping with the new business.
Peetz’s father and brother renovated the space at The Old Creamery complex that 2 Gals Kitchen now occupies, and Niemeier’s nieces, Chelsea Bittle and Jordan Himes, volunteer at the shop.
2 Gals Kitchen customizes sandwiches according to customer preference. All of their sauces and spreads are homemade.
“We didn’t want another Subway. We wanted to offer sandwiches that are full-flavored and have a different style,” said Niemeier.
The two women hope that 2 Gals is just the beginning.
“We chose sandwiches because they’re a good starting point. One day we will expand the menu to include a lot more,” said Peetz.
2 Gals Kitchen is located at 363 Church Street and can be reached at (704) 782-4257.