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High Rent Too Unsavory for Mattituck Subway Owner, Puts Shop on Market

Jim Hooghkirk says he can’t keep up with his rent and other bills and needs to move on.

After three years of trying to keep the Mattituck Subway afloat, owner Jim Hooghkirk has decided to jump ship and move to Florida.

Hooghkirk blames the high rent - he pays $4,300 a month to Cardinale Management, which manages the Mattituck Shopping Plaza.

“I’m falling behind on rent and a lot of bills — I have no choice but to leave," he said.

Hooghkirk, a Riverhead native who used to run a rooming house in Patchogue for those down on their luck, bought the Subway three years ago from a previous franchiser who had opened the store seven years ago and ran it for four — and the Subway was successful during that time before Bahia, a Latin-style restaurant which closed last year, moved in next door.

“I had the money from the hotel when I sold it and figured I’d buy another job and try to make a go of it here — even though everyone told me I was crazy,” Hooghkirk said. “It was tough in the beginning but not nearly as bad as it is now.”

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Bye-Bye Bahia - Will You Miss It?

Hooghkirk said that during the window between the closure of Bahia last September and the opening of Big City Burgers Atomic Wings in late January, sales shot up significantly. But he says that during the past few weeks since the burger shop opened, people have once again lost interest in $5 Footlongs.

“I just need to move on,” he said. “My family is already in Florida waiting for me. I’ll see if I can sell it, but it doesn’t look likely. I’ve had 18 inquiries so far and then minute I mention the rent — they run.”

Cardinale Management representatives were not immediately available for comment.

Will you miss the Mattituck Subway? Tell us in the comment boxes below.

Erin Schultz February 21, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Amy Azzara Cirincione said on Facebook: "‎@ Bill, the part where your rent is increased as your business increases. That is not fair. He increases you to what he thinks you should pay by the business you do. and each year it is different. That part.... :)"
Jack Tors February 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM
According to "BlockShopper" Cardinale's real property tax on the property is $41,188.62. Subway alone was paying their taxes on the entire shopping center in less than 10 months. Dave A, they also own the movie theater business.
anonymous February 22, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Everyone in the cardinale family are hard workers. As a family friend I know that each and every buismess owned by a cardinale minds their own business in the community, works hard and earns every bit of what they make. Before you go bashing their family, I'd suggest you get your facts straight and find something better to do with your lives.
matt February 22, 2012 at 04:33 PM
agreed with that person^ i've know the cardinales for years and they are a great family. Worked hard to get where they are. Don't you have anything better to do than talk about someone else's family? all their stores are beautiful aswel
Willard Brimley February 22, 2012 at 05:13 PM
$41,188.62 in taxes for the entire shopping center? Town should take a look at that.

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