New Subway restaurant under construction in Willmar

A new Subway is under construction on South First Street and Minnesota Avenue in Willmar.

A new Subway is under construction on South First Street and Minnesota Avenue in Willmar.

WILLMAR — Sandwich lovers will soon have a new place to get their favorite Subway subs. Construction has begun on the new Willmar restaurant, located at the intersection of First Street South and Minnesota Avenue Southeast, across from Domino's Pizza.

The building will be 2,200 square feet and will include a drive-thru on the east side of the structure. There will also be plenty of parking, with the city-required maximum of 37 spaces.

According to the building permit issued in July by the city of Willmar, the project has a value of approximately $330,000.

The Planning Commission needed to approve the plan for the project, due to the inclusion of the drive-thru. The commission took up the issue at the March 17 meeting.

There was discussion about closing one of the entrances from Minnesota Avenue and about traffic flow at the restaurant.


Commission approval was unanimous and required site developer Tipacanoe Partnership to meet all city engineering comments. This included reducing the number of Minnesota Avenue accesses to one and aligning the access on First Street with the access to Legacy Commons across the street.

The new restaurant eventually will replace the Subway currently operating a couple blocks farther south on First Street. That building is for sale with a price of $495,500.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email or direct 320-214-4373.

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