New Two Harbors Subway will open in DecemberCome December, Two Harbors will be home to the first Subway in northeastern Minnesota with a new type of drive-thru technology.
By: LaReesa Sandretsky, Lake County News Chronicle
Come December, Two Harbors will be home to the first Subway in northeastern Minnesota with a new type of drive-thru technology.
The Subway, once standing at 1315 Seventh Ave. in Two Harbors was torn down earlier this month and a new structure is currently under construction. Owner James Pascoe said the new Subway will have a touchscreen drive-thru, replacing the traditional speaker and microphone system. Pascoe called it the “next big thing” in drive-thrus.
“We are going more towards adding drive-thrus for the convenience for our customers,” he said.
The touch screen kiosk will allow customers to input their own order and swipe a credit or debit card to pay. An added bonus, Pascoe said, is that if the customer returns with the same credit or debit card, the kiosk will remember his or her most recent order. He said it’s an effort to stay ahead of the curve and appeal to younger customers.
Pascoe has owned the Subway since it opened in 2003 under a partnership with Mike Jones, the owner of Northland Subway. He also owns five stores in northeastern Wisconsin. He said he’s always planned to replace the building in the Agate City.
“From what I understand, it was a burger joint at one point and a Kentucky Fried Chicken. It really wasn’t built for a Subway,” he said.
The new design will increase the sandwich shop’s area to about 2,400 square feet, adding dining room and kitchen space, and drastically increase parking. Pascoe expects to increase the number of employees, too, but hasn’t made final staffing decisions. For now he’s occupied with the details of constructing the new facility and ensuring that all goes according to plan.
Johnson Wilson Constructors are handling most of the construction and Agate Electric will tackle the wiring, he said, adding that Jamar Company and Ulland Brothers, Inc., are also working on the project.
Pascoe declined to reveal the full cost of the project or how he’s financing it, saying only, “It’s not cheap to build these.”
The expected opening date for the new Subway is the first week of December.