Popular Subway location, damaged by storms last year, to reopen

Published 12:46 pm Tuesday, February 18, 2020

With a whole new look, the Subway on Pemberton Avenue is reopening Wednesday.

For nearly a year, the sandwich shop was closed after severe storms — including a documented EF 1 tornado — rolled through Vicksburg on April 13, 2019.

“We had a lot of damage inside with the water and everything,” restaurant owner Sam Patel said.

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This caused some mold issues, and in an effort to make sure everything was clean and “ready-to-go,” Patel said, they took down walls.

“We decided to open everything,” he said.

Patel said none of the cleanup or repairs could be done to the restaurant until the insurance company paid out. But once all was cleared and he got the green light, it was a go.

While making repairs from the tornado, Patel said, he decided to go with a new look for his business, which was approved by the Subway Restaurant Co.

While the Subway on Pemberton Avenue might have a new look, patrons of the establishment will return to familiar faces.

“We are hiring employees who have been working for me,” Patel said, “along with a couple of new employees.”

Patel has been at the Pemberton Avenue location since 2008 and is excited to reopen his business.

“I can’t wait to see my old customers back. They have been asking me everywhere I go, ‘When are y’all opening,’ and now the day has come,” he said.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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