By MATT HOPF
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
WEST QUINCY, Mo. -- Motorists might notice a change on U.S. 24 across the Mississippi River from Quincy.
The County Market Express in West Quincy now boasts a Subway.
Niemann Foods Inc., the parent company of County Market, officially opened the store Friday, although it has been operating for a couple of weeks. This is the first Subway franchise for Niemann Foods.
Gerry Kettler, director of consumer affairs with Niemann Foods, said the Subway outlet is a way to give motorists another food option while on the road.
"Everybody wants fresh food when they're traveling now," Kettler said.
Space inside the County Market Express was converted to accommodate the Subway shop.
"It's not just a counter in a convenience store," Kettler said. "It's a complete, separate Subway with seating and soup, dessert, sandwiches, and breakfast."
The Subway should benefit those who work in West Quincy and other parts of Northeast Missouri, Kettler said.
"For the breakfast, it's great to get it on the road as they are coming into the office, or they can grab a sandwich before they go home," Kettler said.
As part of the conversion, employees were sent to Subway University to learn how to operate the store.
Niemann Foods has operated in West Quincy for at least 40 years, Kettler said.
"It's been through the two floods," he said, referring to the 1973 and 1993 disasters.
The new Subway shop is open from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.