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New development on Route 51 nears completion

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A new sandwich shop, Penn Station East Coast Subs, will open soon on the Route 51 corridor, according to Steve Zhao, president of the Champaign-based development business, Neil Plaza. Zhao runs the business with his father.

SportClips Haircuts will also be a tenant in the new development scheduled to open in March, Zhao said.

“We’re estimating a March opening,” he said. “That’s if everything goes well.”

SportClips, which has about 1,300 locations in the U.S. and Canada, touts itself as a place where men can watch sports while they get a haircut. All this without making an appointment.

The first Penn Station restaurant opened in Cincinnati in 1985. Penn Station East Coast Subs specializes in grilled submarine sandwiches, fresh-cut fries and hand-squeezed lemonade. According to the company’s website, their lemonade is made from scratch daily with hand-squeezed lemons.

The development, at 107 Highland Drive, can accommodate four businesses in all. Zhao said he’s currently in negotiation with two other tenants for the remaining space.

Back in the summer, Zhao came before the Planning and Zoning Commission and the board of trustees, where he was granted variances for the parking lot and a 15-foot pole sign.

Zhao said this will be the company’s fourth development, and it’s just about ready to go.

“It’s almost complete, just the landscaping and metal awning left, and we are done,” Zhao said. “We are excited to be coming to Forsyth.”

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