Subway Shuttered on Ellicott City's Main Street

The national franchise restaurant chain which opened the Ellicott City location in 2011 closed last week.

Visitors to Main Street peer into the closed Subway on Dec. 4. Credit: Andrew Metcalf
Visitors to Main Street peer into the closed Subway on Dec. 4. Credit: Andrew Metcalf

When the Subway Cafe on Main Street opened in 2011, there was some concern the national chain will impact the locally-owned restaurants that make up the Historic District.

Two and half years later, it appears that's not the case.

The Subway at 8143 Main Street is now closed. The owner of the building, John Fisher, confirmed the sandwich shop is moving out, but declined to discuss why. He said he's looking "at all options for the building."

Sue Wheary, owner of Sweet Cascades, the chocolate shop two doors from the former Subway location, said the business closed Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving.

The owners of the business, Tayo and Bayo Ibraheem, of Ellicott City, told Patch in 2011 they own four Subway restaurants in the Baltimore area.

When the business opened in 2011 it was the first chain restaurant to open in Ellicott City's historic downtown area.

Fisher also owns the building where the "I Love Theatre Gift Shop" currently operates, next to the Subway. That store is scheduled to close at the end of the year, according to the shop's owner.

Fisher said he plans to lease each building separately.
Peter Edelen December 04, 2013 at 02:16 PM
I don't see any quotes from residents being concerned in the article hyperlinked to "some residents were concerned". None of the residents complained. People from outside town who don't live on Main Street complained that it would "ruin" the charm of Main Street. Main Street survived. A lot of us liked having the option and the Ibraheems bent over backwards to provide more options like vegan to the community. I feel bad for the Ibraheems for the welcome they got and sorry it did not work out for them. Hopefully people will be more accepting of the next new small business owner who gets the space.
Andrew Metcalf (Editor) December 04, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Sorry, that was the wrong link, I changed it to make it more accurate, thanks Peter.
Peter Edelen December 04, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Thanks! I'm really hoping for a sushi joint or farm to table type of restaurant. :-)
Veronica Salisbury December 05, 2013 at 08:02 AM
Would like to see perhaps a bakery in that location again, like Fishers and Leidigs. I was real young when leidigs was still there and enjoyed their goodies there. Iam not sad to see Subway leave Main St as Iam not a big fan of chains coming into old Ellicott City.
Candace December 05, 2013 at 08:30 AM
Veronica Salisbury December 05, 2013 at 08:46 AM
I second the motion Candace!
mjmalpas8 December 05, 2013 at 11:50 AM
One of the requirements for fast food stores like Subway is ease in parking, running in, picking up food and getting away fast. That has never been easy to do on Main St. We have a shop at 8181 and when Subway first opened, we wondered how much "drop-in,carry-out" service they could provide. One thing we DO know - - ELLICOTT CITY WILL SURVIVE ALL THE CHANGES - - and then some!
Peter Edelen December 05, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Yeah, I only saw that in the morning for breakfast when the street was clear. Other than that they would have to rely on foot traffic during the day. It obviously wasn't a right fit since they couldn't sustain but I never saw any point in not wanting them here or being happy they left. They employed people. The facade was very well done and you'd really have to look to notice there was a Subway on Main Street. Ultimately it's the property owner who decides. It's their property. I'm really glad people don't get to decide who lives here. And you are so right! Ellicott City is resilient! The empty storefronts are filling up as fast as they empty, and there are a lot of exciting things in store for revitalization and beautification of Main Street. :-)
J Leland December 05, 2013 at 02:03 PM
another fast food chain outlet that will not be missed.
Choose Insanity December 05, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Last time I visited that Subway about two months ago, it smelled liked mold/mildew inside. I believe it was a weekend after high waters rolled through? Left and went to Johnny's instead.
Justin case December 05, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Bring back Dee's kitchen. See ya Subway, you never belonged here anyhow.!!!


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