Photo by Joe Chitwood
Taking shape at the corner of Prairie Trace Rd. and U.S. 30.
A new Subway restaurant on the east edge of Sutherland should be open by late summer, franchise owner Dean Kealy said.The store will employ 6-8 people and be open seven days a week.
Kealy has been involved in Sutherland business ventures since 1975 and said his goal for the past 40 years has been to “keep the community alive and growing.”
He owned a grocery store with his father. Later, he built the building that became Maline’s Grocery at the west end of town. He said he also built what is now Ozzie’s convenience store on the east edge of town.
The new Subway will be next door to Ozzie's.
Kealy said he has built houses too.
“When I was a kid, there were five grocery stores uptown, restaurants and a bowling alley. I know uptown will never be like that again, but there is no reason for us not to grow,” he said.
He believes more new businesses will arrive.
“We are wide open here,” he said. “With the viaducts in both Hershey and Sutherland, no one has to wait on trains anymore, so it makes the towns perfect spots to live and commute.”