Seth Johnson/Daily Journal Residents won’t have to wait much longer as the new Subway East will open its doors late this week or early next week.

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Subway nearly done

Published 10:37am Monday, November 12, 2012

It has been a long-awaited project for those living on the east side of Fergus Falls, and in just a few days, residents will be able to enjoy American favorites like the B.L.T., cold cut combo and the classic tuna without having to drive across town.

The finishing touches are being put on the new Subway, and if co-owner Lee Fowler can get wallpaper today, it could be open as early as Thursday.

This will be the seventh Subway Fowler will co-own. “For me, the company and staff, we are all looking very closely at how this goes,” he said.

A lot of research took place before Fowler decided to build the new Subway. Two major studies found that very few from the east side of town drove to the west side to eat at Subway; nevertheless, the currently operating Subway is the most successful store owned by Fowler, he said.

Alexandria has five Subways, and they all get quite a bit of business. Fowler has found that customers would likely eat at a Subway if they didn’t have to drive two or three miles, he said.

“All over town, you get different customers,” said Fowler. “You see it in Moorhead, Detroit Lakes and Alexandria. We project sales to be big.”

The new Subway will differ from many others in that it will be larger. Many of Fowler’s Subways are about 1,500 square feet but the new building is around 2,000. While the seating area won’t be much bigger, the bathrooms, storage area and workspace will be more spacious, he said.

The building will get a lot of natural lighting because the windows will be much larger and more numerous. Like many Subways in the area, the new building will offer a drive-through option, which Fowler said he thinks is crucial because of its location near Highway 210 and I-94.

Along with the drive-through option, another feature designed specifically with the building’s location in mind is the large parking lot. The lot is large enough for trailer parking, so those hauling boats out of town to hit the cabin for the weekend can easily stop by for a sub on the way out, he said.

The new store will also bring jobs to Fergus Falls. Both Subways in town are currently hiring because several employees from the Subway on the west side of town are moving to the new building to ensure the new business has a core group of experienced staff, said assistant general manager Mindy Kemp.

Sandwich artists, shift leaders and management positions are available, and Kemp hopes to hire 16 to 20 new employees for opening day.

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