Dave Carney, owner of the Wine Bin, a boutique wine store on Main Street, said that while he's loyal to the Bean Hollow when it comes to coffee, he's excited about the Subway.
"I think the Subway is fabulous, actually," he said. "I have a 10-year-old and there's not one restaurant here that caters to my daughter."
Unlike Shuey, Carney said the Subway will fill a glaring gap in the historic district: an inexpensive dining option for families.
"It's affordable, healthy, quick," he said. "I don't think the sky is falling by having a Subway come."
Savage resident Susane Finucane, who spent a recent afternoon in historic Ellicott City with her three daughters, said she might visit downtown more often if it offered affordable dining options such as Subway.
"It's convenient," she said. "We'd probably go in there today and eat lunch if it were open because it's quick and affordable."
Other chains to follow?
But Lori McDermott, who has owned the Silver Arrow Fudge Shop on Main Street for 22 years, worries the Subway could bring other unwanted chains.
"Subway's not a good fit for this town," she said, adding that when chain stores enter an area "you start looking like everybody else."
Fisher countered that chains have worked in larger historic downtown areas in Maryland. He cited the city of Frederick, which is host to chain stores including Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Subway, Starbucks and Ben and Jerry's, and the city of Annapolis, which has a Starbucks.
"Have these people visited any place else? Have they gone to historic Frederick? Have they gone to historic Annapolis? Have they gone to historic Richmond?" he said. "It seems to me, chain stores seem to fit in pretty well there. Why is it that they won't fit in here?"
Additionally, Fisher believes that Subway, as part of a large corporation with a proven track record, has a better chance of surviving than an independently owned restaurant start up. In the past decade, at least a half-dozen eateries in the historic area have gone out of business.
That's why he chose the franchise over six other applicants.
"There were people that ... felt they could open up a sub shop or a pizza place," Fisher explained. "But I didn't feel comfortable tying myself up to somebody who had no previous record."