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New Subway coming to Wells

By Staff | Apr 1, 2012

Wells residents will soon be able to “eat fresh.”

A Subway is scheduled to open later this year.

The location of the future restaurant is the former Food and Fuel convenience store at the intersection of Second Avenue Northwest and Highway 22.

“It’s definitely going to happen. We have to work through all the government red tape,” says owner Randy Wartner of Marshall.

“I think Wells is a nice community and other surrounding small communities will support it,” he adds.

Wartner has some experience in opening Subway stores.

He owns nine in southern Minnesota and has partnership in six others.

Locally, Wartner operates Subways in Blue Earth and Fairmont.

Wartner says he’s been looking for the right spot in Wells the past five years before purchasing the former gas station/convenience store last February.

The restaurant will have a seating capacity for 45. It will employ about 15 people.

Wartner says quite a bit of exterior work already has been done to the building. He says the underground gas tanks were removed before he bought the property.

Although he doesn’t have a specific deadline for opening, Wartner hopes it will be by August.

“People in the next couple of months will definitely notice some changes. I want to be up and running by this summer,” he says.

To read the full story, see this week’s Register.