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2014 - Earl Sween
Posted 06/03/2015 11:23AM
After working at the family's Wayzata dairy throughout high school and college at the U of MN, Earl Sween founded the E.A. Sween Company in 1955, as a Minnesota franchise of the Stewart Sandwich Company. He made and sold sandwiches to bars, bowling alleys and marinas. Within three months, the business doubled in size, selling over 3,000 sandwiches per week. By the 1965, the company became the #1 Stewart Franchise in the nation. The company switched its focus to the fast-growing market of convenience stores attached to gas stations and expanded their Eden Prairie facility to keep up with growth and the voluntary inclusion of a USDA office, making them the first in the industry to carry USDA approved products. In 1980, E.A. Sween ended its franchise agreement with Stewart Sandwiches and started the independent brand, Deli Express. In 1986, Earl passed ownership of the company to his son, Tom Sween. A very successful entrepreneur and employer of thousands, Earl Sween is a deserving recipient of the 2014 Wayzata High School Distinguished Alumni Award.