New Loxford Subway store hopes to help the community

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 November 2016

The team at Ilford Lane's new Subway store.

The team at Ilford Lane's new Subway store.

Nakkeeran Asaratnam

The manager of a new sandwich shop in the borough has revealed that he has high hopes for how his new establishment can help cater for the community.

The new Subway store, based within the BP petrol station in Ilford Lane, Ilford, celebrated its grand opening late last month with a one-off special event.

And the manager of the halal store, Nakkeeran Arasaratnam, told the Recorder that he hoped the success of their opening day was a sign of things to come.

He said: “The opening party was an absolute triumph, there was a large queue formed before the store even opened.

“There was an excellent energy and all of the staff were excited to get started.”

Subway is a national chain and focuses on diverse ingredients sourced locally to try and ease the company’s impact on the environment.

During the Loxford store’s opening party, staff at the new franchise were finally put to the test, successfully making 256 sandwiches.

“All the customer feedback throughout the day was excellent and they were very excited to have a Subway in the area.

“The two hours flew by as the store was constantly busy.”

The new store, which will be open in the petrol station from 7am-11pm every day, has also helped create 15 jobs and Mr Arasaratnam believes it is this link with neighbours that will help the business take off.

He said:“The team are eager, enthusiastic and the support structure in place will aid all the staff in the next few weeks – and this should benefit sales!”

The opening event was also attended by a number of representatives of local mosques who welcomed the opening of the entirely halal restaurant.

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