Subway Restaurant Around St. Joseph

Buchanan County, MO

The St. Joseph owners of a successful multi-store Subway franchise selected GGA to develop a new “flagship” prototype for planned facility upgrades or replacements at their multiple locations.  GGA worked with both the local owner and national franchise to select features, materials and colors which would establish visual ties as part of an overall retail identity for Subway locations across Northwest Missouri. At a site along St. Joseph’s busy North Belt Highway, GGA designed the first of several projects for this owner with a new freestanding restaurant.  Arched entrance elements highlight the exterior presence in line with the new regional image which had been developed. A black and olive color palette reminiscent of Tuscan architecture coordinated with Subway’s attractive corporate interior decor. GGA designed an administrative center at the rear of the site to compliment the new restaurant and provide the appearance of a unified complex. The administrative center contained corporate offices, conference facilities and storage.  This provided the local Subway owner with a new central location from which to continue its regional expansion.

Subway enjoyed a popular, long-established location in an older 2-story midtown storefront with historic charm and features. Rather than replace the restaurant with a new facility, GGA designed a renovation which included opening covered windows, exposing brick walls, restoring the original storefront, cornice and trim.  Re-creating the arcade signage appropriate to buildings in older St. Joseph retail districts added authenticity to the restored facade. The second floor, still laid out as abandoned apartments, was gutted and renovated with new windows, tile floors, exposed brick walls and pressed metal ceilings. This portion of the building had been unused for decades and now provides additional restaurant seating for lunch time overflow and banquet functions.

Goldberg Group Architects continued the regional Subway expansion with a second new, freestanding building along the Belt Highway in St. Joseph, MO. This Subway used design elements from the previous two buildings while creating a unique personality for this location.  The first double window drive-thru for a Subway anywhere in the nation was developed.

Project Data:

  • Total of Four Locations

  • Completed in 2002-2004

  • 520 Francis St., Suite 200C
    St. Joseph, MO 64501
  • 1100 Main Street - 4th Floor
    Kansas City, MO 64105

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