Two new Northwest Indiana Subways have been selected to premiere the restaurant chain’s fresh upscale metro décor.
A contemporary-designed Subway, owned by JoAnn Bachewicz and Greg Roberts, opened Aug. 27 at 1918-165th in Hammond. It is at the intersection of U.S. 41 and 165th Avenue.
A similarly-designed Subway, owned by Dan and Danielle Legler, is slated to open in November at 10865 Maple Lane in St. John. It will be near the Gates of St. John subdivision entrance. Its design incorporates room for a future drive-through lane.
A large stone wall serves as the centerpiece for the new décor, which replaces the current Tuscany design. Autumn-toned colors, shades of orange, brown and green, emit a warm inviting feeling. Modern lighting fixtures along with natural wood toned and black laminate floors complete the upscale effect.
Dan Legler said the eclectic decor is currently being tested by Subway before it is rolled out next year as an option for franchise owners.
Legler said Subway is changing with the times and giving customers a more inviting dining experience.
“We are on the cutting edge of it,” Roberts said. “You have to be approved to test it right now.”
Both are excited to premiere the new décor.
“It is a significant change from our current Tuscany design,” Legler said. “It will create a more comfortable, upscale look.”
“It is a little more modern looking than what people are used to at Subway,” Roberts said. “This is definitely a departure from the normal graphic wallpaper that people are used to seeing. Being with Subway for 25 years, I can say this is really out of the box. I am excited about seeing the customers’ impressions when they walk in the door.”
The new Subways will add job opportunities for region residents.
Legler said the two stores are projected to pay out approximately $150,000 in annual wages and employ between 25 and 30 full- and part-time employees.
“The economy has been very difficult on everyone the past few years and Subway has been very excited to invest in these two locations,” Legler said.
According to its website, Subway has more than 37,000 restaurants in 100 countries.