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A Jersey Mike’s Subs eatery is planned at 1515 Hewitt Drive, next to the new Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

Staff photo— Jerry Larson, file

It seems Greater Waco has a sandwich shop on every other corner, but Jersey Mike’s Subs thinks residents need another one. The owners plan to place one at 1515 Hewitt Drive, next to the new Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

A building permit was issued for finish-out work at the location.

Jersey Mike’s Subs started as a single shop in the seaside town of Point Pleasant, N.J. It attracted vacationers from New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Some diners urged founder Peter Cancro to open locations in their hometowns.

And so the growth began. In 2015, for the second year in a row, Jersey Mike’s Subs was named “fastest growing” among the Nation’s Restaurant News Top 100.

No word yet on when Jersey Mike’s Subs will open in Waco.

Popular spot

The area around South Fifth, Sixth and Seventh streets and Interstate 35 is seeing a lot of development, with restaurants and retail establishments going up after bulldozers clear land.

The Whataburger chain has a restaurant at 728 S. Seventh Street, right in the middle of what’s going on near Baylor University.

It has secured a piece of land at the rear of its business once used as parking space for teachers at the old Sul Ross Elementary School campus that Dallas-based Leon Capital Group demolished.

Whataburger has not ruled out expanding its restaurant in that area, but Caitlin Gooch, a spokeswoman for Whataburger at Hahn Public Communications, said the eatery has no plans for expansion there.

Building permits

Building permits of note issued by the city of Waco inspection services department include:

• Vision Pharmaceuticals, also known as Allergan, renovation of the first and second floors of its complex at 8301 Mars Drive, $7.5 million.

• Mandarin Express restaurant, Richland Mall, 6001 W. Waco Drive, interior remodel, $275,000.

Gas prices

Gas prices continue to drop, with at least two locations in Greater Waco selling regular unleaded for less than $1.90 on Saturday, according to

The Phillips 66 station on North 19th Street and the Sam’s Club on East Waco Drive were charging $1.89. Locations and brands in the area were countering with prices ranging from $1.92 to just below $2 a gallon.

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