Thanks to Jon Vaupel for ISD 197 School Board for their support.
The Wisconsin-based sandwich shop Erbert & Gerbert’s plans to open a dozen new locations in the Twin Cities, including West St. Paul. That’s according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, which says the chain plans as many as five stores in 2022 and 10 more between 2023 and 2024.
The Big Questions: When and Where
When: Nobody knows yet. It seems likely West St. Paul could be one of the five Erbert & Gerbert’s Twin Cities locations to open in 2022, but nothing is certain.
Where: One reason West St. Paul might be a new location—they’re not building new. The City of West St. Paul is currently talking with Southview Square about accommodating a drive thru for Erbert & Gerbert’s. Putting the sandwich shop in the empty space at the south end of the building next to the driveway access to Livingston makes a drive thru possible. It’s also not a new space for a drive thru—Southview Square used to be home to TCF and drive-up banking.
A conditional use permit would be the next step for a potential drive thru.
Erbert & Gerbert’s Growing Post-Pandemic
The sandwich chain has big plans, including expansion, a refocused menu, and new branding and store design. So far it’s paying off with double-digit growth this past summer.
“We are pulling out of the pandemic with a game plan to accelerate growth through improved efficiency, increased quality, and enhanced customer service. We are outpacing the market recovery by 10%, thanks to our ability to be nimble, respond quickly to consumer needs, and deliver the products our loyal fans value the most,” Eric Wolfe, CEO and president of Erbert & Gerbert’s, said in a press release.
Originally started in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Erbert & Gerbert’s has 78 locations across the Midwest, with 18 more in the works.
Nov. 11, 2021 Update: Drive Thru Update & Public Hearing
Erbert & Gerbert’s will come before the Planning Commission on Tuesday, November 16 for a public hearing on their proposed drive thru.
Since the driveway access to Livingston Ave. at Southview Square is too narrow to accommodate a drive thru lane and the regular driveway access, the plan is to tear down the southern 10 feet of the building and make room for the drive thru lane.
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