King St. Subway moving to Pride

  • The former King Street Subway location is seen. Google Images—Google Images

Staff Writer
Published: 2/4/2019 11:43:16 PM

NORTHAMPTON – The Subway franchise that called the building at 90-92 King St. home for decades has moved and is set to reopen down the street at the Pride gas station under a new owner. Meanwhile, its previous owner is in the process of buying the Subway at Walmart in Hadley. 

“It’s good business,” said Frank Patel, the former owner of the King Street sub shop. “I love being a Subway franchisee.”

In January, Patel sold the franchise to Bob Bolduc, who owns the Pride gas station at the corner of King Street and Damon Road.

“We already have 14 of them,” Bolduc said. “We’re very used to Subway.”

The King Street Pride was recently remodeled and Bolduc said the Subway will open there in about three weeks, as well as a Chester’s Chicken, a Pride Kitchen and a Pride Cafe and Bakery.

“It’s going to be really neat,” Bolduc said, noting that the location already sells beer and wine.

“You can have beer and chicken for the next Super Bowl,” he said.

Patel owned the King Street Subway franchise for 13 years, and said that while selling the franchise worked out well, he was “kind of sad.”

Among the reasons for his decision, he said, is that the building had insufficient parking and never fully recovered from competing with another Subway that eventually closed on Main Street.

“I think we made the right decision,” Patel said. 

He also said that he gave the employees at the King Street franchise more than a month’s notice prior to its last day of operation on Jan. 7 and that he has offered jobs to all of them at the Subway in Hadley when he takes it over. 

Norma Farrick, who owns 90-92 King St., said that she’s sorry to see Subway go.

“They’ve been in our building for approximately 40 years,” she said.

Farrick and her late husband, Robert Farrick, bought the building in 1965 from her family. Her grandfather first purchased the building in 1925.

“King Street was just gasoline alley then,” she said. “Jimmy Cahillane, the former mayor, had his gas station across the street from us.”

Her family also located the Manhan Potato Chip company plant there.

Farrick said that the building is currently up for sale, and that there is interest in locating a coffee shop in it.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.




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