A SHOP owned by the council on South Street is to become a Subway after the council failed to find a local producer to take it on.
The sandwich shop chain has now put in a planning application for 29a South Street to change the signage.
Last year, Chichester District Council planned to lease the shop at subsidised rates to a local producer, to give them a chance to get on the high street.
The idea was for the tenant to showcase a range of local produce from around the area, as a deli or farm shop set-up.
But after two failed attempts to find a suitable tenant, the international sandwich chain is set to take on the building.
The shop has been empty since the Tourist Information Centre moved from the premises in 2011.
A Chichester District council spokeswomen said: “We were incredibly disappointed that the local produce shop idea didn’t go ahead.
“Local producers initially suggested this project would help them to expand their businesses and we worked hard to find a suitable tenant or operator who would make this business model work.
“While there was a great deal of interest in this project from both suppliers and from potential operators, due to the current economic climate some of the expected applications did not materialise.
“Unfortunately, the applications that were submitted were unsuitable and so we were unable to proceed with them. We are looking at other ways in which we can support our local producers.
“We are in talks with another tenant to take on 29a South Street but as yet no contracts have been signed.”
Although ‘no contract has been signed’, this hasn’t stopped the company from putting in planning permission to display the chain’s branding on the front of the shop.
Subway already has a branch in Chichester College, making the South Street shop its second outlet in the city.