Teammates Gavin Fedorak and Scott Gordon were on the road with the University of Alberta’s Golden Bears basketball team one day in 2006, when the team had just conceded a particularly one-sided loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils. Hoping to replenish their energy, and maybe eat away their sorrows, they stopped at a local sandwich shop—and were blown away.
The sandwiches they sampled that day in Phoenix were fresh and delicious. Each was an inspired creation of high-quality meat, fresh veggies, and real cheese on the freshest bread—at a fair price. For the rest of their road trip, Gavin and Scott couldn’t stop talking about the meals they’d had, and how they wished there was a shop like that back home in Edmonton.
By 2009, U of A Business grads Gavin and Scott had left basketball behind and launched promising corporate accounting careers. Having a business of their own was always a plan though, so together with Gavin’s brother Grant they made up their minds—Edmonton still needed better sandwiches, and they were going to make it happen. After a year of testing recipes, learning to bake, and scouting locations, the trio opened Press’d to enthusiastic mid-day crowds.