For the third time since the start of the pandemic, a national restaurant brand has exited Carytown.
The Jimmy John’s location at 3314 W. Cary St. closed in recent weeks. The Illinois-based hoagie chain had been in the space since 2014.
The closure comes about a year after Jimmy John’s went under new ownership. Last October, it was sold to Inspire Brands — a parent company that also owns Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic and Rusty Taco.
Inspire did not respond to requests for comment.
The Carytown location was a franchise originally opened by local attorney Gray Broughton, who had several other locations in the region, including one in Shockoe Slip and on Franklin Street near VCU. Reached Thursday, Broughton said he sold his Jimmy John’s holdings to another unnamed franchisee in 2015.
The 2,300-square-foot space on West Cary, flanked by spa StylePod and Virginia Veterinary Centers, is being marketed for lease by Thalhimer’s David Crawford.
The Jimmy John’s website lists nine locations in the Richmond region.
Meanwhile, another national chain is preparing to enter Carytown a few blocks west. Publix, the anchor tenant of the 120,000-square-foot Carytown Exchange development, plans to open by the end of 2020.