This just is from the rumor mill. A copy and paste from an email sent in from a trusted source.
Heard some potentially bad news today. Someone is trying to put a Subway into the space where Cherry Redd was in downtown Salem. In my opinion this is terrible. A big bright, awful chain restaurant that will suck lots of dollars away from the locally owned eateries. Plus it just goes against creating any cool or unique vibe for downtown.
Word is that they are trying to keep it quiet because they know there will be opposition, but I am going to trumpet it to everyone I know. I don't know if there is anything that can be done about it, but I can hope.
Downtown Salem had really developed some cool and interesting eateries over the past 10 years. Something like this will put a big wet blanket on that. Who wants to risk $250,000 to open a deli/lunch spot when they have to compete with a 800 lb marketing gorilla.
Very depressing to me. Next we'll get a McDonalds downtown and a Walmart Express.
Would you like to see Subway open downtown?