Downtown's Subway, located at 33 Battery Park Ave. near the Grove Arcade, closed this week.
The manager, loading bags of chips into a food service truck, said he had no comment and preferred not to use his name.
The property is owned by FIRC Group, the same company that owns the Haywood Park Hotel building and Westgate Shopping Center. The president of the company, Tony Fraga, also owns Isa's Bistro and the Haywood Park Café.
The former sandwich shop is "potentially for lease," according to Wes Reinhardt, vice president of FIRC Group. After Subway moves out, Reinhardt says the property will be unoccupied. "I don't see that as newsworthy," he says.
The property is noteworthy because of its location and existing kitchen. It's potentially the only vacant downtown restaurant space.
Fans of Subway's sandwiches need not worry: Asheville is ringed by Subway stores (see the screen shot from Subway's website below). To get your fix, try the Patton Avenue or Tunnel Road locations, or opt for one of downtown's many other sandwich options brought to you by a local business.
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