New Subway in Two Harbors to open with new drive-thruCome December, Two Harbors will be home to the first Subway in Northeastern Minnesota with a new type of drive-through 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-through technology.
The old Subway building along Minnesota Highway 61 on the west side of town, across from Lakeview Cemetery, was torn down earlier this month and a new building is under construction. Owner James Pascoe said the new Subway will have a touchscreen drive-through, replacing the traditional speaker and microphone system. Pascoe called it the “next big thing” in drive-through restaurants.
“We are going more toward adding drive-throughs for the convenience for our customers,” he said.
The touchscreen kiosk will allow customers to enter their 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 Wisconsin. He said he always had planned to replace the old Two Harbors building.
“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 increasing parking. Pascoe said he 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 is handling most of the construction, and Agate Electric will tackle the wiring, he said, adding that Jamar Co. and Ulland Brothers Inc. also are 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.