ITHACA, N.Y. — The Subway on the Ithaca Commons is expected to reopen by the end of the summer, according to Gary Ferguson, executive director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.

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The national Subway chain has found a new operator for the space, which suddenly went out of business in January.

Ferguson said the DIA has not met with the new owner, but that it expects to soon. A “coming soon” sign has been placed of the exterior of the Subway.

The Subway was owned by Christopher Kusznir, who in 2011 ran for mayor as an independent before dropping out of the race and endorsing then-candidate Svante Myrick.

A sign was placed on the Subway after it closed that read:

“To our loyal patrons —

We want to thank you for your continued support through this challenging time. Unfortunately, the challenges facing us have exceeded our capabilities, forcing us to cease operations permanently. 

We wish you all the best in the coming year. May your fortune be better than ours.

Sincerely Yours,

Subway on the Commons.”

The news of Subway’s upcoming reopening comes as the DIA touts business growth on the Ithaca Commons, where construction is expected to come to an end this summer.

“Another very important factor in the vitality of our business district – and one that has too often been overlooked – is staying power,” the DIA said in a statement.

“In our visitations this year, we have learned that several established merchants and entrepreneurs have recommitted to downtown by signing multi-year leases that will carry them through construction and into a newly revitalized future.”

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.