Cathy Jett is the assistant business editor at The Free Lance-Star, and specializes in covering the area's retail scene.
A Jimmy John’s gourmet sandwich shop opens in Central Park
A Jimmy John’s gourmet sandwich shop opened Tuesday in Central Park where Bridge’s Brick Oven pizza restaurant used to be.
Jimmy John’s specializes in made-to-order gourmet sandwiches, using only in-house baked bread and fresh meats and vegetables with no additives or fillers, according to John Gluck, owner/operator of Jimmy John’s.
The menu ranges from calorie-conscious lettuce wraps to the J.J. Gargantuan. It also includes sub and club sandwiches, as well as sodas and side items. Orders can be placed online, and catering is available.
Jimmy John’s is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Restaurant dining and delivery within five minutes of the restaurant are available.
Shawn Carrington, Rappaport Retail Brokerage leasing and brokerage representative, represented Jimmy John’s in its lease negotiation, and Susan Bourgeios, also of Rappaport, represented the landlord.
Nineteen-year-old James J. Liautaud founded Jimmy John’s in a converted garage in Charleston, Ill. in 1983. Today, it has 1,611 locations, including 27 that are company owned, according to Entrepreneur magazine. Jimmy John’s came in 12th place in its 2013 list of the top 500 franchise opportunities.