A pair of Gainesville Subway restaurants have closed “as part of a business strategy to realign our shops in a way to better serve our guests,” a company spokeswoman has said.
The stores are at 151 Shallowford Road near Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 and 203 E.E. Butler Parkway between Spring and Broad streets.
Kara Kelley of Indiana-based public relations agency Asher Agency offered no other explanation for the closings and couldn’t be reached for further comment.
She did say that another Subway restaurant had opened as part of the business strategy, but she didn’t specify a location.
Gainesville and Hall County officials said they didn’t know of any new Subways. Several of the sub sandwich eateries are scattered through Hall.
Earlier this year, Subway had said it wanted to freshen up the look of its stores as it tried to stem a sales decline.
The sandwich chain says the redesign — which includes a brighter atmosphere, displays of vegetables behind the counter and ordering tablets — is the first major revamp since the early 2000s. The changes will take place as stores around the country are remodeled and new ones are built.
The makeover comes as Subway’s sales have fallen for four straight years amid competition from places including Jimmy John’s and Firehouse Subs.
Since 2012, Subway’s average annual sales per store are down 13 percent at $420,000, according to industry tracker Technomic. Last year, its number of U.S. stores also shrank for the first time, though the company says it still has more than 26,200 domestic locations. Globally, the chain says it has more than 44,800.The Associated Press contributed to this report.