By Nao Braverman
A Subway sandwich shop is expected to open on the back side of the Arcade Plaza district, bringing about what some vocal community members have feared: the emergence of chain stores in Ojai’s historic downtown area.
Ernie Salomon, a Santa Barbara resident who has owned the building at 323 E. Matilija St. since 1989, said he contacted the Subway corporation after seven sandwich shops and delis he rented the space to flopped in a span of about 10 years.
When Salomon purchased the building the space housed an antique and vintage shop that went out of business. After that he rented to an affordable locally owned sandwich shop called Friends which went out of business and then sandwich shop after sandwich shop failed until he was fed up.