It was the summer of 1965. Deluca, then 17, visited Peter Buck, a family friend. Buck asked Deluca about his plan for the future.“I“m going to college, but I need a way to pay for it，”Deluca recalls saying.“Buck said,‘You should open a sandwich shop.’”
That afternoon, they agreed to be partners. And they set a goal to open 32 stores in ten years. After doing some research, Buck wrote a check for $1,000. Deluca rented a storefront (店面) in Connecticut, and when they couldn“t cover their start－up costs, Buck kicked in another $1,000.