Angelina's Subs closes

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WILLIAMSTOWN -- After over 13 years of serving sandwiches and subs at the Colonial Shopping Plaza, Angelina's Subs has closed.

Property Manager Ron Durning Sr. said Wednesday the business was evicted from its space at 240 Main St., and closed about three weeks ago.

"It's not a pretty story. There had been delinquent rents, and we did a legal eviction," he said.

The sub shop was owned by John and Dawn Hinkell, who purchased the business from Edward Ameen in 2005. Ameen's father, Kassim, began the Angelina's franchise in 1958, opening its first store in Adams.

Efforts to reach John and Dawn Hinkell on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

"That business should never have failed. It had plenty of sales," Durning said.

He said he believes mismanagement led to the sub shop's downfall.

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The closure of Angelina's Subs comes less than a year after it was seized by the state Department of Revenue in May 2009 for unpaid meals and withholding taxes. At the time, the business owed $34,422.07 dating back to 2006.

The business owners made a down payment on the back taxes, and worked out a payment plan with the state agency. The sub shop reopened a few days later.

At the time, Dawn Hinkell said she and her husband had split up, and they unfortunately let their personal life affect their business.

It's unclear how much of those back taxes were paid, and an additional tax lien was placed on the business later in May 2009 for nonpayment of $1,072.40 in taxes.

"I think it's a sign of the economy today, and it's getting harder and harder for small businesses," said Ted Anagnos, co-owner of Colonial Pizza, which is also in the Colonial Shopping Plaza. "Angelina's is one of three or four local businesses to close just in the last six months."

He said there are already two people looking at opening eateries the space including Ameen.

"By Monday or Tuesday of next week, I'm guessing everything will be finalized," he said.

To reach Meghan Foley, e-mail mfoley@thetranscript.com.


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