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Johnson Subway in the Works


    by Andrew Martin

    A new dining option should soon be available to locals and travelers in Johnson. Premium Partners LLC, which owns several Subway restaurants in Vermont, is in the process of modifying the former Piezanos building located on Route 100 and will be opening a new Subway at that locale in the near future. Premium Partners LLC also owns Subway restaurants in Lyndonville, St. Johnsbury, and Morrisville.
    John Milne is one of the three primary partners of Premium Properties LLC and he explained that Johnson is just the type of town where he and his partners Robert Milne and James Quinn were looking to open a new Subway.
    “Johnson is a good market, both in terms of customer base and employee base,” Milne explained, “Both components are important for running a Subway.”
    Milne added that the location was also desirable do to the fact that Route 15 is a high traffic road. He also feels that the addition of a Subway will only continue the revival of Johnson Village.
    “The new supermarket there is great for Johnson, and we are hoping this adds to some of the good things that are happening in the town,” he explained.
    Milne and his partners purchased the former Piezanos building in August of 2013. They had initially hoped to open the new Subway in 2014, but a lengthy permitting process delayed renovations on the building, pushing the opening back into this year.
    “It was a very lengthy process,” Milne stated.  
    All necessary permitting procedures have now been completed for the project, including the preliminary Act 250 approval. Milne and his partners are now simply waiting for the required public comment period for an Act 250 project to come to an end. Once that period is over they plan to move forward with the extensive renovation plans they have for the building. Those renovations should begin around April 1 if no further Act 250 hearings are required.
    Work to the exterior of the new Subway building will include the construction of a new pitched roof featuring a dormer above the front door. The exterior walls will be brick on the lower portions and then some sort of wood siding above the brick. All new windows and doors will also be installed, and the entryway will be added to. A new deck will also replace the old one located on the backside of the building and will offer outside seating with a view of the Gihon River. The parking lot around the building, which holds approximately 20 cars, will also be redone. The entire interior of the building will be gutted and restored as one of the new ‘metro design’ Subways. The new look, which will feature couches in addition to more traditional seating and will offer wifi to customers, will be similar to the setup of a Panera Bread. Milne stated that he believed the Johnson Subway will be the first in Vermont to feature this new metro design.
    According to Milne he and his partners would like to have all the work done to the building and be able to open by September 1 in order to be up and running when students return to Johnson State College for the fall semester. However, he added that such a quick opening date may be slightly optimistic at this point and that everything related to the construction and renovations would have to go smoothly for the restaurant to be ready by that date.
    Along with offering regular sandwiches to customers the new restaurant will also feature all the normal catering services associated with Subways. Included in that list will be the famous six-foot and three-foot sandwiches, box lunches for traveling sports teams, and platters. Along with catering for outside parties the restaurant will also be able to host events, parties, and other functions.
    According to Milne the plan is for the new Subway to be open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day but Thursday and Friday, when they will be open until 10 p.m. Milne also explained that he expects the new restaurant to employ between eight and 10 full and part time employees. He stressed again how Johnson is an optimal location for a Subway restaurant and how it can benefit the local economy as well.
    “I really feel this is going to be a huge plus for the college kids in Johnson,” Milne stated, “Our Subway in Lyndonville is a very strong business. Kids are always eating there as well as applying for jobs.”
    “College kids need part time jobs and college towns are great spots for Subway restaurants,” he added.
    “We want to do something positive for the community,” Milne continued, “We got into this business because we enjoy working with young people coming into the work force.”
    “We also enjoy the healthiness and freshness of the Subway product,” he concluded.


This Week's Photos

Instructor Nanette Locke demonstrates how ot best apply stage makeup to a group of students during the Basics of State Makeup workshop. The workshop and several others like it were held as part of the one-act play festival held at Lamoille Union High School on Saturday, March 21. The students from Lamoille were one of the top groups at the event and were selected to move on to the state competition at Castleton State College on Saturday, March 28. - Martin photo

Over 100 marchers took part in the St. Patricks Day March for Meals parade put on by Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County.  - Decker photo





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