The move to 24-hours of operation makes the Flandreau Subway the only restaurant within 20-miles where someone can get food at all hours of the day, and also the only Subway in the area to offer a late night meal.
“None that I know of right now, even the Sioux Falls location I believe has stopped,” owner Jon Barkman said when asked whether he knew of any other Subways open 24-hours. “But I have high hopes, and I believe that this will become a cornerstone operation in Flandreau and we plan to stay with it,” he added.
Barkman, who took over the Flandreau Subway at the beginning of the year, isn’t just hoping that this will work in Flandreau, him and his wife Dana have done this before.
“We had owned a Subway in Canada in 2003 and took the risk, knowing the demographics and night activity potential was there, the same logic was applied here.” Barkman mentioned. With the Royal River Casino traffic and their employees, along with the early risers and late night workers, the Barkmans decided to offer the city of Flandreau a “truly convenient eating establishment that caters to everyone’s schedules and life.”
The store did a few trial runs on the weekends this summer but the sub shop made the move to 24-hours permanently on September 1st – and response has been good.
“We have seen general sales up about 20% and night sales are covering our costs and allowing us to function much more smoothly and fluently.” Barkman believes that without having to open and close his store everyday, it will make his operation much more efficient and reliable once it is perfected.
Another up side of the move according to Barkman is the availability of offering fresher products. “Our prep and bread and cookie baking rotation is begging to take form now, which was the anticipated result, and now we can offer fresher bread and cookies more often.”
It is a decision that they love and the Barkmans don’t foresee ever having to revert back to “normal business hours”.
“We love this town and plan to stick with this.”
They plan to make a similar move at their DeSmet location after seeing the success they have had here.