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End of the line for downtown Grand Forks Subway

The downtown Grand Forks Subway restaurant has closed, with owners citing poor traffic and sales.

The last day of business was Tuesday, said Neil Ebeling, the operating partner for the sandwich chain in Grand Forks. He doesn’t plan to reopen the restaurant as a Subway or anything else in the near future.

“We had been thinking about that and planning that for a while now,” he said. “We always had bigger hopes for downtown Grand Forks than what it ended up being.”

A sign posted in the front of the sandwich chain at 315 DeMers Ave. thanked customers for their patronage and directed them to other area Subway locations. Ebeling said he has penned a deal with Food Dudes Delivery so downtown customers can have food items delivered to them from other Subway locations. That should begin within a month.

A Subway opened at that location in 1996, according to Herald archives. The location became home to the Red River Cafe after the 1997 flood, and it became a Subway again in 2007.

Subway rented its downtown space from Todd Nedberg. The two are determining how to proceed with the lease agreement, Ebeling said.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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