Watertown’s Subway restaurant on Monday broke ground for its new retail location that will replace its current one, located right next door.
The new 6,000-square foot building will include 2,200 square feet of space for the Subway store and about 4,000 square feet of additional retail or office space for other businesses. The store will be located on the vacant lot along Jefferson Avenue, just to north of the restaurant’s current location inside the Watertown Fuel and Food convenience store and just south of the Watertown Evangelical Free Church.
The restaurant will include an expanded seating area, and will also include a drive through.
“It’s a long awaited project finally coming due for watertown,” owner Steve Erhard said. “I hope to bring Watertown the store it deserves, and some other business as well that are much overdue and needed in Watertown.”
In 2012, Erhard had originally hoped to build a new store on the property at 804 Hutchinson Road, along Highway 25 and just beyond the outfield fence of Highland Park’s baseball field. However, the city council at that time did not approve the proposal, instead purchasing the parcel as addition to the park. The decision frustrated Erhard at the time, but he said things have worked out in the end.
“This will work out very well,” he said of the new location. “It was just a time delay for us, and obviously time delays cost money. But we’re beyond that and we’re moving forward, so we’re going to make a good store for Watertown.”
Several city officials were on hand for the groundbreaking, including Mayor Charlotte Johnson, City Administrator Luke Fischer, and city council members Steve Washburn and Mike Walters. Joining Erhard at the groundbreaking from the Subway side were his wife, Paulette, along with Mike Schuette of GDS Design and Build, Subway office manager Sandy Miller, Watertown Subway manager Ann Stine and Subway operations manager Rachel Scherber.
Erhard said the hope is to get grading done this winter, and hopefully get the foundation poured so work can be done over winter. He is hoping to have the store ready to open by late spring, possibly in May or June.
“That’s my guess,” he said. “It all depends on what the weather does this fall. I’m hoping we will have 100 percent tenant occupancy by next spring as well.”
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