By: Diane Benjamin
The Subway in the Amtrak Station closed in October. The Town of Normal now thinks they need a new tenant.
Subway closed because they didn’t have enough foot traffic to sell food in the volume needed. FYI, I know one of the former owners.
I was in the parking garage a few weeks ago when an Amtrak train arrived. The passengers didn’t enter the building on the main floor, they somehow streamed in from the south side on the second floor.
If Normal wants more Ford and Beverage taxes why aren’t passengers shuffled through the actual station where they would SEE food available?
Meanwhile, Firehouse Pizza in Uptown is moving to a smaller location. Is that because they didn’t have enough customers to justify their original location?
Keep in mind it took years for a yet un-unopened restaurant at 1 Uptown Circle to get a tenant.
Also keep in mind the “professional staff” think Uptown needs a food court in one of the yet-to-submit-planned buildings for Trail East and Trail West.
It’s almost like Normal prefers businesses that generate Food and Beverage Taxes that fill their coffers instead of good paying jobs that would fill yours.