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Water Main Break Means Profits for Local Sub Shop
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thewater main break on Old St. Augustine Road in Mandarin has been a headache for drivers, and 400 businesses that now must boil their water.

The boiling advisory is a precautionary measure after a 2-foot pipe burst Monday, Gerri Boyce, a spokesperson for JEA.

"Pressure keeps everything out, and when it's low pressure, you can have an opportunity to have something get into the system. We don't believe that's what happened."

But the mess is more of a dream than a nightmare for one local sub shop. 

Lubi's sub shop manager Patrick Clay said the store saw a spike yesterday. "Maybe 10 to 20 percent more."

Business at Lubi's on Sunbeam Road has been historically slow over the past two years, but it got a much needed spike at the cash register after the main break. 

"Around the time that the break happened, then Sunbeam started backing up in front of us, and then I noticed basically car after car pulling in."

Serving Jacksonville subs since 1969, the chain had four locations but recently had to close one because business has been so slow.

Ironically, a bad situation has turned into something good. "We're doing our best to bring business back up anyway we can," said Clay. 

According to JEA, the boil water advisory should be clear by Wednesday.

 

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