A local sandwich shop on Park Street in Rockland will soon be making some changes.

Amato's has been sold and will be closing its doors Saturday, March 9. When it reopens on March 21 the name will be SLICE.

Current owners Jake Barbour and Chad Cloutier closed the deal March 4 with Jeanette and Dwayne Knowlton, according to Kyle Kibler, Amato's general manager.

Kibler said that he will assume the same role with the new shop. He has been general manager at Amato's since October 2012.

"We plan to follow the same menu with sandwiches, pasta and pizza," he said, "eventually adding a rotisserie for chicken."

Kibler stated that other than the name change and some of the decor, the biggest change will be "upgrading to Boar's Head meats and cheeses" from their current Corando brands.

He said they will probably add seating and will keep the hot light area. "We will continue catering and the same service," he said, adding delivery will most likely be available at a later date.

"Everything with a tomato on it will be coming down," Kibler stated.

The Rockland location employs 10 people, "five or six have been here since Amato's opened in 2006," Kibler said. Most of the staff will stay on when SLICE opens, he said.

"It's going to be good," Kibler said, admitting "change is difficult, but I'm looking forward to it."

"We appreciate our customers' support," he said, "and encourage them to come back and check us out."

There are 35 other Amato's locations throughout the state.

Jeanette Knowlton and Jake Barbour could not be reached for comment.

Courier Publications reporter Beth Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.