Once again a local Subway restaurant has abruptly closed, and this time the closure may be linked to the recent closing of other Subway stores in the local area.
At dinnertime Thursday, the Subway in the Saucon Square shopping center on Rt. 378 in Lower Saucon Township was closed for unknown reasons.
Its neon “open” sign was turned off.
Customers who walked up to the restaurant expecting to walk in and order food found its front door locked, and then had to turn around and leave.
A phone call to the number posted on the front door went unanswered, and a voicemail message was not immediately returned.
The Morning Call reported Thursday that two Subways in Bethlehem also recently closed, and apparently without any advance warning.
Signs hung in the windows of the Easton Avenue and Stefko Boulevard locations thanked customers for their patronage and informed them that those restaurants are now closed, the newspaper reported.
There was no sign posted on the door of the Rt. 378 Subway and it’s unclear who owns it, although according to a window decal it is “locally-owned and operated.”
In recent years several nearby Subways including one in the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley in Center Valley have permanently closed.
The Subway in the Creekside Marketplace shopping center on Rt. 412 just south of Hellertown closed in February, but it didn’t remain closed for long.
Another Subway on Rt. 309 in Coopersburg that was owned by the same franchisee as the Rt. 412 store closed around the same time, and recently reopened following extensive remodeling.
Both of those stores were purchased by the Top Star company, which owns dozens of gas stations and convenience stores throughout the area.
Saucon Source will update this story when/if additional information about Thursday’s closing of the Subway on Rt. 378 is confirmed.
The Saucon Square shopping center recently lost another restaurant, when Revolutions at Saucon Valley–a bowling alley and entertainment center where customers could also purchase food and drinks–closed in late March.