Guess What's Moving In Next to Cocobeni?

We'll give you a hint: five....five dollar....five dollar foot long....

You'll be "eating fresh."

Subway Restaurant will be opening up next to Cocobeni Confections in the plaza at 247 West Main St.

Builders from GMG Group told Patch it should be about two to two-and-a-half months until the restaurant is complete.

The project's consultant, who is a franchisee owning four Subways in Massachusetts, preferred to remain anonymous, but confirmed that the Subway would be opening by the end of June or beginning of July. It is owned by Nick Patel, who also owns Subways in Worcester, Millbury and Southborough.

"The Northborough site was chosen due to its proximity to his other stores and the opportunity to open a new store on Route 20 in a town that does not currently have a Subway location," said the consultant. 

Tell us: are you looking forward to having a Subway Restaurant in town?

Debra McDuffee April 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM
I'm not looking forward to Subway coming, especially to that plaza. I love the "local shop" feel of that plaza, and grabbing what I need from Lowe's Market a few times a week. I'd embrace another mom and pop shop, but not Subway. Subway can open on route 9, but I don't like seeing chain restaurants creeping into the small-town feel of inner Northboro.
Tree Hugger April 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM
well, at least there will be a few minimum wage sandwich artist openings for the high school kids this summer........
jane April 26, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Come on, stop the local yokel jabber. It's not like golden arches are being erected to mar any charm you find might see in Northborough. It's one self contained store in a strip mall. How about focusing your concerns on the used car dealers and autobody shops? Or maybe go further down Main Street to that dilapitated structure that once housed a furniture business but now is a blight for the thousands of motorists who pass through town daily. How about worrying about that?
Debra McDuffee April 26, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Jane, I'm not concerned with the aesthetics of the Subway, but instead with the threat to local businesses. I'm not worried, just saddened b/c I grew up here in town and remember a time when it was all local. Watching O'Brien's 5&10, Brown's and other locals fold b/c of the big guys who weren't even that close by is such a shame, and now Subway is coming into the heart of town. And it sounds like you're worried enough about the car dealerships, so I'll let you agonize over that while I wax nostalgic. ;-)
PauleyKing April 26, 2013 at 02:46 PM
bad bad idea... Go to Subway for "look-alike" processed meat, sugary tonic, and greasy cookies? Why don't they go back to Walmart where they belong? I like real food -- like you get at Tommy Lowe's, Hillside Grille, Picklehaus, to name just a few...
Tree Hugger April 26, 2013 at 03:24 PM
While I understand your sentiment for the good old days, please understand how franchising works: This IS a local businessman. He has paid licensing fees to Subway to use their Intellectual Property, Processes, and Ingredients to provide both jobs and product to the local economy. Its either that, or the space could sit empty, and those jobs could go somewhere else. The "good old days" also came at a time when there were probably 2/3 the amount of people currently living in the United States.....
jane April 27, 2013 at 03:32 PM
You misunderstand. It's 2013 and small towns like Northborough need to recognize the time to move into the 21st century. I think there is room for your nostalgic Mom and Pop stores from bygone times as well as others. In the case of Subway it will provide an alternative to what is already offered in town. What's the big deal? Times change so get on board.


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