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A new branch of the fast food chain Subway is to appear on the Isle of Wight, as the company is set to take over Newport’s now-abandoned Sporting Change charity shop.

Sporting Change, which was run by the Isle of Wight Youth Trust, is to find new premises in which to set up shop. The director of the trust, Eileen Monks, confirmed the news recently.

According to iwcp.co.uk, the store will be officially open at the beginning of May this year. It is is expected to create up to 15 new jobs for local residents, providing a small but useful boost to the local economy. It will also give those on Isle of Wight breaks another choice when it comes to picking up something for lunch or dinner.

Reactions to the news that Subway is to open a second branch on the Island have been mixed, with some saying the Isle of Wight doesn’t need another chain; preferring instead independent shops. Others seem glad that it is Subway moving into Newport, rather than other fast food chains.

Whatever the reaction, Subway remains committed to ‘creating a positive influence’ in the communities it moves into, according to subway.co.uk – so it seems its impact could be a good one for the Island.