A popular fast food franchise has confirmed it will move into one of the vacant units in Eddisbury Square in Frodsham this summer.

The opening of the Subway branch in August will create seven new jobs.

A spokesperson for Subway said: “A new Subway store in Frodsham Eddisbury Square Shopping Centre will open in August 2014.

“We are looking forward to opening a new store in the local community, creating seven part-time and full-time jobs for local people.”

The new arrival has garnered mixed reactions from the community.

Rob Crowther, owner of Devonshire Bakery on High Street and chair of business campaign group Love Frodsham, said: “As a business owner in Frodsham, it is imperative that all shop units are occupied. We do not want to end up like some retail towns with lots of empty units. However, Frodsham has in the past managed to offer a great retail mix of independent quirky businesses.

“I am sure most people who come into the town  to shop enjoy this unique experience. The planners and town council need to be aware of the unique appeal that we have to offer and ensure the balance is maintained.

“Free unrestricted parking, good public transport, free flowing traffic access in and out of town are all critical to the long term survival of the retail offering in Frodsham.”

Cllr Sara Wakefield added: “On the one hand, whilst new jobs in Frodsham and one less empty unit in the square are welcome, I don't want our high street to become like any other - A lot of chain outlets, with no personality at the cost of our independent shops.

“We already have three great places for sandwiches in Devonshire Bakery, Lawless’ and Melias and long may they continue.”