MANCHESTER - Manchester Pizza, operated by Saronis LLC, has filed an appeal of the development review board's Dec. 18 decision regarding Subway in Vermont State Superior court Environmental Division. This appeal, similar to the one filed at the town level, questions the validity of zoning Subway as a restaurant and not a fast food restaurant.

"The Decision incorrectly upheld the Manchester Planning Director's decision that the proposed use is a regular restaurant rather than a fast food restaurant," the appeal states. "Fast Food restaurants require much more parking than the Applicant has available. Applicant's customers will park in the space that Saronis, LLC needs to operate its business."

Peter Keelan and Ed Dublois, of Equinox Square Associates said they were very disappointed with Manchester Pizza House's decision to continue the appeal and said it will delay the opening of Subway and create another vacant storefront.

"It appears to myself and Ed that Manchester Pizza's appeal of the DRB's decision up to the Superior Court is motivated strictly by competition. This is not a parking issue," Keelan said in an email. "We have plenty of parking on and around the Plaza. The ironic thing is that I was speaking with Chris Giglio recently, the Subway owner, and he told me he opened a Subway store in Cambridge, N.Y. next to a pizza shop and the pizza shop owner told him recently that Subway has been great for business."

Allison Hopkins, Manchester's planning director and zoning administrator, said that Manchester Pizza has every right to exhaust all possible appeal options, but that she stands with the DRB's decision to up hold the decision of the zoning administrator. Lee Krohn was the zoning administrator when Subway was issued their change of use permit.

Attempts to reach Arigrios Konstantinou of Saronis LLC for comment were unsuccessful as of presstime. Journal reporter Anna Boarini was interviewed Friday by Vermont Public Radio on the situation at Equinox Square Plaza. Here is a link to that interview

http://digital.vpr.net/post/regional-report-brewing-controversy-over-starbucks-manchester