Blacksburg’s Kent Square Subway location closes
BLACSKBURG – One of four Subway restaurants located in Blacksburg closed its doors today.
Subway employees could be seen this morning inside the restaurant packing up boxes.
According to Subway franchise owner Scott Hillyard, the Kent Square location is closing because that restaurant hasn’t seen the same “increases” over the past 10 years that his other locations in the area have.
“Students just aren’t willing to walk those three extra blocks,” said Hillyard, who owns 10 Subway locations throughout the New River Valley.
Hillyard said he’s also heard complaints from his customers about parking in the Kent Square Parking Garage.
“If you park your car there, you have to pay 50 cents just to get a $5 sandwich,” Hillyard said. “That just seems like too much of a hassle for someone to get a sandwich.”
Lori Lester and two of her coworkers were on their way to lunch at the restaurant today when they spotted the “permanent closing” sign on the door.
Lester visits the restaurant at least once a week because it’s close to her job and Subway offers healthy food options, she said. She said she’s sad to see it go, but is willing to walk a couple more blocks to get lunch.
The Subway location relocated to Kent Square from College Avenue about 10 years ago because of the larger space it provided, Hillyard said.
He’s been looking for the past five years to relocate the restaurant to a new space downtown, closer to the flow of local and student foot traffic. Many of the locations he’s looked at have either been too big or too small for his restaurant.
“We are looking for a location back down in the downtown general area,” he said.
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