The Quiznos Sub shop at 38 N. Main St. in downtown Dayton will close this afternoon after lunch, the franchise owner, Allen Elifritz, said this morning, Feb. 26.
The sub shop is in the Key Bank building, the managers of which notified the restaurant and the adjacent convenience store called The Main Stoppe that is closing the street-level retail storefronts, Elifritz said.
“At first they said we could stay, but they changed their mind,” Elifritz said.
Late last year, owner Aegon USA Realty Advisors Inc. announced plans to close all but the ground floor of the 14-story office tower, which sits downtown near East Second Street, because the building costs more to operate than it generates in revenue. At the time, Gem Real Estate Group officials said they were working to find offices for the tenants displaced from the upper floors of 32-34 N. Main St. KeyBank vacated the building and moved its Dayton headquarters to 10 W. Second St. in 2008.
Sheri Simpson, property manager for Gem Real Estate, which manages the Key Bank Building, said the initial plan was indeed for the two retail stores to remain open. But the building’s heating and cooling systems could not be isolated for just the two ground-level storefronts, and the cost of installing individual units was prohibitive. So the building’s owners decided to close the two storefronts, Simpson said.
The owner of the The Main Stoppe could not be reached. Simpson said the store will relocate in the nearby Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority Wright Stop Plaza and could reopen as soon as next week.
Elifritz also is the franchise owner of the Quiznos at 2840 Col. Glenn Highway across from Wright State University. The four employees of the downtown Quiznos will be offered positions there, Elifritz said.
“We were doing okay down here, but it was not worth rebuilding elsewhere downtown,” Elifritz said. “We would have to put $60,000 to $70,000 into retrofitting someplace else, and that’s just not feasible in downtown Dayton at this time.”
Quiznos closed at least three other restaurants in late 2009. Elifritz said there are three Quiznos remaining in the Dayton area — Vandalia, Washington Twp. and the WSU location — out of a peak of about 15.
The WSU Quiznos is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.Tweet