AYER — Changes could be on their way for Main Street, as two currently vacant buildings hold the potential for bringing more life to downtown.
The empty J.P. O’Hanlon’s building is finally off the market, although future plans have not yet been revealed.
Anne DiCicco, who co-owns the Markoh’s and Lucia’s restaurants with her husband Mark, confirmed that they had bought the building, but said they had no other details to share at this time.
The DiCiccos are partnering with Keith Leighton in the project, according to David Maher, director of economic development.
Ron Morrison of ERA Real Estate, which conducted the sale, said there are plans to open a new restaurant there. The $275,000 price of the building includes the apartments upstairs, he said, and was previously owned by Phil Berry.
A Facebook page created in March lists “New England Flatbread and Ale Co.” as the new spot for 9 Main St. A post entitled “The Before’s” features pictures of O’Hanlon’s as it stands now.
Meanwhile, the old Woo Ri Market building down the road at 1 Mill St. will be the site of a new Subway restaurant, the second one since the previous Subway at 63 Main St. burned down in 2012.
Chanjay Amin, who bought the property last fall with his wife Dimple, said he plans to open by the end of June. The two have been planning to open in Ayer for a long time, but were just looking for a location that could sustain a Subway, he said.
“The street is a very nice street, it has a very good potential,” he said.
The business will also hire about eight to 10 people.
“We want to have a lot of local employees, including students and likewise, for part-time jobs and full-time jobs,” he said.
Amin said construction on the site should begin in two weeks. He has plans to change the floor, bring in new glass so that the public can look inside and also construct a new parking lot.