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Subway employee strikes out on his own, opening Hatfield shop

  • Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield. Joining him at the store Wednesday are Julia Himmelman, left, and Linda Rivera.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield. Joining him at the store Wednesday are Julia Himmelman, left, and Linda Rivera.
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  • Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield.
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  • Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield. Joining him at the counter on Wednesday is Linda Rivera.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield. Joining him at the counter on Wednesday is Linda Rivera.
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  • Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield. Joining him at the counter on Wednesday is Linda Rivera.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield. Joining him at the counter on Wednesday is Linda Rivera.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield that also features outdoor seating.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield that also features outdoor seating.
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  • Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield that also features outdoor seating.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield that also features outdoor seating.
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  • Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield. Behind him, Eric Brunette from Subway corporate works with employee Linda Rivera.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield. Behind him, Eric Brunette from Subway corporate works with employee Linda Rivera.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield. <br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield. Joining him at the store Wednesday are Julia Himmelman, left, and Linda Rivera.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield. Joining him at the counter on Wednesday is Linda Rivera.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield. Joining him at the counter on Wednesday is Linda Rivera.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield that also features outdoor seating.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield that also features outdoor seating.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield. Behind him, Eric Brunette from Subway corporate works with employee Linda Rivera.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Erik Pardee has opened a Subway in the Ten West Plaza on West Street in Hatfield. <br/>KEVIN GUTTING

“It was either find another career or move up with this company. So, I decided to stay with Subway and open my own shop,” said Erik Pardee, 28.

Last Wednesday, Pardee held a grand opening celebration at his new shop, where festive green and yellow balloons waved in the breeze.

“We had more people than I expected,” Pardee said the next day. “That being the first day, I really can’t complain.”

The new Subway store is located at 10 West St. (Route 5 and 10) in what Pardee said is locally referred to as the Danco Furniture Plaza.

After working for Subway for five years at 32 Union St. in Easthampton, Pardee said he decided to open his own franchise. He approached the Subway Development Office, at 97 Cottage St., Easthampton, two years ago to discuss his interest in opening a franchise.

The development office keeps an eye out for suitable locations for Subway shops, and once Pardee expressed interest, officials were on the lookout for a spot for him.

In March, Pardee found out about a potential location Hatfield.

“For this place, we had been working with the landlord for sometime to get a Subway here in Hatfield,” said Subway Director of Operations Eric Brunette, who works out of the Easthampton development office.

Pardee said the company’s management “has been great” in helping him through the process of opening his own store.

“We do everything that we can to support the stores like helping them to find a location, get financing and assisting with hiring contractors,” Brunette said. “We also make sure that everything is up to our standards.”

Pardee declined to say how much the new endeavor is costing him, though he acknowledged it was more expensive than he had originally thought.

“I will say this: it’s been a journey. The banks aren’t eager to loan money for new businesses, especially to someone who is as young as I am,” Pardee said. He noted that his parents have been very supportive of him as well.

“My parents helped me financially and in every other way I can think of,” he said.

His father, Easthampton resident Gerry Pardee, 61, said he couldn’t be happier about his son’s enterprise.

“He is still a young man and owning a business is all new to him so I helped him out financially with the understanding that he would pay me back,” Gerry Pardee said. “People that have come into the store have been very positive and appreciative of it being there. I think he will do very well in Hatfield.”

Once he secured a loan, the younger Pardee said the process moved along quickly.

Formerly living in Southampton, the young entrepreneur recently moved to Hatfield along with his partner and her two daughters so he could be closer to the new store.

“I think we will do well here. This is a busy street, and I think that Hatfield is an up-and-coming area in the Pioneer Valley,” he said.

Pardee has five part-time employees at the store, all of whom he trained while working at the Easthampton Subway.

According to Brunette, this will be the 97th Subway in the region, which includes Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties.

Legacy Comments5

GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR NEW ENDEAVOR! FROM HOOTIE!

"Up and coming"! Ha! He will learn fast.

Give the guys chance,will ya.

why are you always so negative? Give the young man a chance. He has earned the right to some respect.

There are those who get things done and there are those who spend their lives "observing" and criticizing those who get things done. Kudos and good luck to Erik who clearly is not in that latter category.

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