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(WBIR) A new East Tennessee restaurant started serving up sandwiches to the public on Saturday.

Potbelly, a Chicago-based chain, opened its first Tennessee location on Saturday in Turkey Creek.

The store's general manager said they were happy to see such a great turnout for the grand opening.

"It's been stronger than we expected. We thought it would be good, but right from the start, as soon as we opened the doors, we've had folks waiting to get in," Mark Ray, store general manager said.

He said the store's unique decor sets it apart from other restaurants.

In addition to sandwiches, Potbelly also serves home-made soups, salads, milk shakes, and more. Ray said the soups were a big seller because of the cooler weather for the opening on Saturday.

Although this is the store's first Knoxville location, there are more than 280 Potbelly Sandwich Shops across the country.

Potbelly is located at 11661 Parkside Drive, Knoxville TN 37934.

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