GNS Subway Inc
GNS Subway Inc History

GNS Subway was started in 1988 when Peter Gawkowski opened his first Subway restaurant on the corner of Henry St and Summit in Roosevelt Park. However, its creation had began long before that.

Gov's Market
Walt Gawkowski
Originally, Pete Gawkowski's father, Walt owned several Gov's Market grocery stores in the Muskegon area beginning way back in 1946. One year, Pete decided to take a semester off at WMU to help his father run the store when it started to struggle against the larger chain grocery stores opening up in the area. Pete never left, and when Walt retired in 1984, Pete took over and began looking for something to replace the declining sales of the meat department.
He had first seen a Subway on 28th street in Grand Rapids and decided that it was worth the investment. He, along with his father, and his brother John Gawkowski originally purchased two franchises for only $7000 in 1987. Then the first of the GNS restaurants officially opened in 1988 in the back half of Gov's Market with only four tables, and for a total investment of just $20,000.
First Subway

The second store was then opened in North Muskegon shortly after that become the entire Subway Franchises 3000th store!

And with that, GNS Subway, which was originally called Gov N' Sons Subway inc began to expand. What started out with a single store has now become 16 stores spread out all over Western Michigan, and it is looking to expand more in the future.

With the growing number of stores, came a growing amount of work that was just to much for one person to handle.

Eventually, Pete hired his daughter Jenny, who has a Bachelors Degree in Business from Grand Valley State University, to become his office manager.
Jenny Buck
Petey Gawkowski
A few years later, Pete hired his youngest son Petey to help with computer networking issues, maintenance, and anything else that needed to be done around the stores.
And then finally, Danny Gawkowski was hired to help his brother Petey, and also to create and maintain the companies web site. So far they are both doing an excellent job and should be commended for their quality workmanship.
Danny Gawkowski

In 2009 GNS Subway expanded their business by opening a Biggby Coffee on Henry Street in Muskegon, and then in October of that same year they opened Extra Innings, which is the lakeshores premeire indoor baseball and softball training facility. Danny have since moved away from the Subway side of the business and is now running Extra Innings.

GNS Subway is always looking for the chance to grow and better itself. In the upcoming years look for them to acquire and build new stores, and also to renovate some of the older ones. Though other sandwich restaurants have come and gone through the years, Subway has stood strong as the best!

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