Fenderson said the store will blend in with the character of downtown with a hand-carved sign and will have eight to 10 local employees. He said a Subway will help draw more people to downtown because of the name recognition.
“One day they’ll eat at the Subway,” he said. “The next day they will eat somewhere else. Nobody wants to eat at the same place every day.”
Fenderson has previously opened and sold Subway franchises in Gloucester, Haverhill, Bradford, Newburyport, Amesbury and Portsmouth. He said he does not intend to sell the Ipswich store after opening it.
Several hundred signatures in opposition to the Subway have been collected at the Ipswich House of Pizza, said Erald Kerri, a manager there.
“We have such a variety in town with all the mom-and-pop shops and we don’t need another sub shop, especially a chain,” he said. “Ipswich is known for its ma and pop stores.”
Tsinopoulos, who grew up in town and has owned Super Subs since 2000, said there is a need for more variety of stores in town, like a bakery, Mexican restaurant or newspaper/magazine store. Her store opened in town in the 1970s.
She disagrees with the fact Subway might attract more people to downtown.
“I don’t go to Newburyport to go to McDonald’s,” she said. “I don’t go to Portsmouth to go to Quiznos.”