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Eating Fresh

New Milton Subway restaurant
adds to Sheth’s regional empire

The opening brings a
welcome choice for local dining

By Laura Goodwin
Contributing Writer

(December 2010) – The recent opening of the Subway Sandwich Shop in Milton Ky., added an additional stop to Ankit “Andy” Sheth’s already active schedule. The owner of nine other Subways, Sheth takes franchise ownership in stride.
The Milton Subway, which opened Aug. 4, is located inside the Fast Lane BP building on Hwy. 421 North.

Andy Sheth

Photo by Laura Goodwin

Milton Subway Sandwich Shop
store owner Andy Sheth owns
10 franchises throughout the area.

Before remodeling and occupying the present locality, Sheth said he was already looking to open a restaurant in the Milton area, especially with access to a high traffic area. He never thought that he would be occupying the current location, since it was already occupied by the previous convenience store business. “We were approached by the new BP store owners when they opened their station,” said Sheth.
Sheth saw the need for a different type of eatery in the small town. “The people of Milton don’t have many (food) choices. They otherwise have to go somewhere else, like Madison.”
Milton Mayor Denny Jackson said he was pleased to see Milton growing to fit the changing needs of its residents. “Subway is going to be a good fit for Milton.”
Aside from the newest location, Sheth also owns Subway stores in Madison, Hanover and Vevay in Indiana; and Bedford, Owenton, Simpsonville and Louisville in Kentucky. He started his life as an entrepreneur 12 years ago, upon purchasing his first franchise. Subway was particularly appealing to him because of the low start-up investment costs and the healthy food segment.
“No one can beat the quality offered by Subway. They are the only ‘fast food’ restaurant that bakes fresh bread daily. Quality can be controlled in the store, making it an easy operation to run.”
Sheth mentioned that there are many healthy choices for consumers in Subway stores. “Virtually no greasy foods. Most fast food is unhealthy. You have to pay for unhealthy habits in the long run with health care costs and doctors visits.”
The economical value is also a reason that Subways are popular with consumers. “Subway has maintained their value with $5 footlong sandwiches, more so than other fast food.” Many popular fast food chains offer value meals in the $5 to $7 range, but with high calorie “super sized” food items.
Aside from being a successful multi-business owner, Sheth is also geared toward “giving back” to the local communities where his stores are located. He donated $4,000 in 2009 to organizations such as sports teams, show choirs and bands. In 2010, he has already donated more than $3,500; however, Sheth reports that he hopes to reach the $5,000 goal for community donations before year end.
When asked about his concerns about the upcoming Milton-Madison Bridge construction and how it would affect traffic flow to his business, Sheth was not worried. He said he is confident that the Subway will help keep Milton residents content with their current food choices, as well as keeping the other town businesses thriving. He added that perhaps the bridge construction workers will stop by and eat there as well.

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