Whole Darn Thing denied from temporary location

Owner of Whole Darn Thing sub shop Christine Jordan was in Akron, Ohio this weekend. She was picking up a new cooler for her shop, since the last one was destroyed in the Feb. 8 fire that also left her business location in shambles.

The building that housed her sub shop was demolished on Monday after being officially declared structurally unsafe to renovate. Jordan planned to move across the street to restart the business temporarily in the space on Market street where the American Red Cross used to be.

Upon returning to Meadville on Monday, she stopped at the space to drop off the new cooler, but was stopped by a representative for Wells Fargo, the financial services company in charge of the next door establishment. She was told Wells Fargo would not allow a food establishment to exist adjacent to them, according to their policy stipulations.

“It really surprised me,” said Jordan. “It took us off-guard. The community has made many comments about how ridiculous this is.”

Jordan asked the man to consider making an exception because their stay would be temporary but she was denied. The representative would not call Wells Fargo to ask about the policy. Jordan was surprised he made no attempt to help.

Robert Asmus, the financial adviser for Wells Fargo Advisors in Meadville, would not comment on the policy stipulations. He explained that he didn’t want his explanation to be misconstrued.

“There are two sides to every story but people make representations based on emotion, not fact. So I can’t comment at this time,” said Asmus. “Frankly, I’m taken aback by [the] inquiry.”

Jordan and her management are currently unable to start reselling their sandwiches while the new structure is developed where Whole Darn used to be.

The space by Wells Fargo has kitchen access, which is why Jordan wanted to move in. She looked at other locations in Meadville but can’t use them because purchasing brand new kitchen equipment would be too much of an expense.

“Right now, we’re fixated on rebuilding on the space where we were,” Jordan said.

Jordan worked two days a week at the shop before it burned down. Since the fire, she has been concerned about paying bills without those earnings.

“For a little sub shop, it generated a really nice income,” she said.