Subway Sandwich Shop in WeHo Closes After Decades of Serving Community

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The Subway sandwich shop in West Hollywood, located at 8617 Santa Monica Boulevard has permanently closed. The WeHo location dates back to the early-to-mid 90s, possibly earlier. It had managed to stay afloat, despite the exchange of several hands throughout the past decades.

“This Subway Restaurant will be open through June 21st,” reads a sign at the window. “The restaurant will be closing June 22nd. We appreciate your business and invite you to visit us at of these locations near you: 8859 Sunset Boulevard and 9907 S. Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills.”

There is also a Subway Restaurant at Fairfax and Santa Monica Boulevard, at 1111 N Fairfax Avenue that is currently open.

The Subway at 8617 is located beneath Trader Joe’s. That shopping center has seen several closures during the pandemic, but also some recent openings which including places like Waxology WeHo and RioZona Acai, not to mention, the anticipated upcoming opening of El Pollo Loco.

The Subway sandwich shop in West Hollywood closes right before a new minimum wage increases and paid time off/sick that will kicks-in July 1, 2022, in the city of West Hollywood. Full time employees for all businesses are to be provided at least 96 compensated hours and 80 uncompensated hours per year for sick leave, vacation, or personal necessity. Part-time employees are to be provided compensated and uncompensated hours in increments proportional to that accrued by someone who works 40 hours in a week.

Paid time off may be used for paid sick leave, vacation or personal necessity, and an employer may not “unreasonably” deny an employee’s request to use the paid time off.  Unpaid time off does not accrue beyond 80 hours, and like paid time off, an employer may not “unreasonably” deny an employee’s request to use it.  Unpaid time off may be used as sick leave after an employee has exhausted paid time off for either the employee or his or her immediate family member’s illness as defined by the CFRA.

It is not clear if this is the reason the familiar sandwich shop has thrown in the towel. Neighbors assess that one possible reason it closed is because rent is going up July 1st

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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Enough!
Enough!
1 month ago

We’re going to see more of this happening in the City Of West Hollywood. It is not business friendly city.

Oh_no_WeHo
Oh_no_WeHo
1 month ago

Burn it down before giving your employees fair pay. They tall Kerean guy that owned this place last was a real wretch. Not sad to see it go.

kab1200
kab1200
1 month ago
Reply to  Oh_no_WeHo

You own a Subway franchise? Sheesh.

Angry Gay Pope
1 month ago

Actually Subway franchises are a massive fraud on the franchisees rather like SCIENTOLOGY is a fraud on their mission holders. It is almost like indentured servitude. SUBWAY HAS MASSIVE PROBLEMS unrelated to our local economy as comedian John Oliver notes in this hilariously sad video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDdYFhzVCDM

Marc
Marc
1 month ago
Reply to  Angry Gay Pope

Do the Subway employees get $50 a week if their stats are up?

Marc
Marc
1 month ago

Not everyone wants to follow the Commisar’s labor laws and will open under friendlier skies.

TomSmart
TomSmart
1 month ago

Nope, the SMB/Fairfax Subway is closing too. Rent increase which is why that Starbucks left too.

Oh_no_WeHo
Oh_no_WeHo
1 month ago
Reply to  TomSmart

I just drove by there and it is most definitely open still.

Chris
Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Oh_no_WeHo

I was there this weekend. There is a notice at the cash register that they are not renewing their lease and they will be closed as of July 1.

Last edited 1 month ago by Chris
Tom Smart
Tom Smart
1 month ago
Reply to  Oh_no_WeHo

Yep I said is closing, not closed.