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New First Street Subway could be open by Friday in Willmar; Papa Murphy's recently opened in its new location

After much anticipation, the new Subway built on First Street South might open as early as Friday. Papa Murphy's recently opened in its new location on First Street South.

Jose Miguel of Duininck shovels fresh asphalt into position as workers put the finishing touches on the parking lot of the new Subway restaurant along 1st Street South on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
Jose Miguel of Duininck Inc. shovels fresh asphalt into position as workers put the finishing touches on the parking lot of the new Subway restaurant Wednesday, June 29, 2022, along First Street South in Willmar.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
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WILLMAR — If all goes well, the new Subway on First Street South will be open on Friday.

The new Subway at 605 First St. S. has been under construction for months, and it seemed like nothing was taking place for some of that time. However, the parking lot was paved this week, and new signage was installed as well.

Bob Albertson of Duininck uses a smooth-wheeled roller to put on the finishing touches of a section of parking lot at the new Subway located at 1st Street South on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
Bob Albertson of Duininck Inc. uses a smooth-wheeled roller to put the finishing touches on a section of parking lot Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at the new Subway located on First Street South in Willmar.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

"Optimistically, we are shooting for Friday," owner Gary Hendrickx told the West Central Tribune on Wednesday, noting that if all goes well with the building inspection and food inspection, it will be open for business.

If there are any delays with the inspections, it is unclear how long it will take before it can open, according to Hendrickx.

Duininck worker Jose Miguel, at right, watches Lorenzo Lara smooth out asphalt at the new Subway location along 1st Street South on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
Duininck Inc. worker Jose Miguel, right, watches Lorenzo Lara smooth out asphalt Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at the new Subway location along First Street South.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

Another new restaurant in the First Street corridor is Papa Murphy's. It recently opened at its new location at 1516 First St. S. after a renovation to the building, which previously was home to Insurance Center.

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The newly-constructed Papa Murphy's sits along 1st Street South in downtown Willmar, which just recently opened for business.
Papa Murphy's recently opened for business in its newly remodeled building along First Street South in Willmar.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
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