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