AYER -- A new Subway restaurant slated for downtown will be opening a little later than planned after a vehicle crashed into the storefront last Sunday.

The restaurant at the former Woo Ri Market, originally set to open at the end of June, might be opening the first week of July, said owner Chanjay Amin.

"It depends on how quickly we get the glass work done," he said. "It's kind of unfortunate."

The front windows, which had just been put in, were smashed after a Ford F150 pickup truck collided with the building early Sunday morning.

An officer driving by on Park Street noticed the car in the building at about 1 a.m. and saw the driver and passenger standing to the side of the vehicle, according to information from the Ayer Police Department.

Police arrested 18-year-old Melissa Hampson, of Shirley, and charged her with operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation. There were no injuries.

Amin, who bought the property at 1 Mill St. with his wife, was about to start on the construction inside the building when the incident happened. At this point, he said, his insurance company is doing what it should.

"Everything is actually taken care of, it's just a matter of time to get this new window," he said.

Amin plans to put in a new floor and work on a new parking lot. He anticipates hiring eight to 10 people.


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