Jersey Mike's

Searching for a Better Sandwich

At Jersey Mike’s Subs, it’s the little things that make a big difference. The real red wine vinegar used on sandwiches. The freshly sliced meats and cheeses. The store-baked bread and the made-to-order cheesesteaks on the grill.

Jersey Mike’s leaders say those small touches are what set it apart from the world of fast food; it’s not just about offering a cheap meal. The brand isn’t competing in the $5 foot-long arena. Instead, executives say they’re staying focused on the quality of ingredients and service.

The New Norm

The history books detailing the recent Great Recession will include plenty of obvious chapters: the subprime mortgage crisis, Wall Street bailouts, housing bubbles, and skyrocketing unemployment. But those volumes might miss a less visible element of the economic collapse: the crippling credit market that wreaked havoc by bringing business growth to a near standstill.

Tips from the Top

Cathy Brown graduated from college as a mechanical engineer and spent time working with a government contractor to create guidance systems for cruise missiles. At one point she was also a high-school math teacher.

She eventually landed in the quick-service industry, and in 2009, Brown was tasked with building out the San Diego region for Jersey Mike’s Subs. Even though the brand was new to the area, Brown quickly transformed the market and now oversees 17 stores, including five of her own units and another seven set to open by the end of August.

2013 Best Franchise Deals

It’s back and bigger than ever. Now in its fourth year, our “Best Franchise Deals” report has become the can’t-miss list of top quick-service and fast-casual franchises, assessing factors such as investment-to-sales ratio, marketplace differentiation, corporate support to franchisees, and positive brand momentum.

Jersey Mike’s Kicks Off 3rd-Annual Month of Giving

This March, Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh-sliced and fresh-grilled East Coast–style subs, is joining forces with 86 local charities for the company’s third-annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign.

Last year’s Month of Giving raised nearly $858,000 for 74 different charities nationwide, and this year, Jersey Mike’s hope to raise even more.

Jersey Mike’s CEO Recognized as IFA Entrepreneur of the Year

Peter Cancro, founder and CEO of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, has been named Entrepreneur of the Year, receiving the honor during International Franchise Association’s (IFA) 53rd Annual Convention, February 17–20, 2013.

First presented in 1982, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes an individual who is building a successful business venture, exemplifies the “entrepreneurial spirit” that franchising represents, demonstrates innovative management skills, and is a risk taker.

Jersey Mike's Opens 33rd Market in Oregon

Jersey Mike’s Subs will open its first restaurant in the state of Oregon -- its 33rd market -- in Portland. Franchise owner, Raymund Baluyut, will hold a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, February 6, to Sunday, February 10, to support Randall Children’s Hospital. This is the first of five restaurants that Baluyut will open in Portland.

Jersey Mike's Flies High with First-Ever Airport Units

TGI's Paul Loupakos and Frank Czaszynski, senior vice president and director of operations at Jersey Mike's, celebrate the brand's opening at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh-sliced and fresh-grilled East Coast–style subs, has kicked off the New Year with the opening of its first-ever airport locations. 

The first restaurant opened at McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas on January 7, with the second following the next week on January 17 at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). 

Both sub shops are operated by The Grove, Inc. (TGI). In November, TGI opened its first Jersey Mike’s in Amtrak’s historic 30th Street Station in downtown Philadelphia.

Jersey Mike's Raises More Than $100K for Sandy Relief

Caroline Cancro (left), marketing director for Jersey Mike’s Subs, and Syd Whalley (right), general counsel for Jersey Mike’s, present a check for $106,657 to Carlos Rodriguez, executive director of The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Working together with The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Jersey Mike’s Subs has raised $106,657 to support The FoodBank’s relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Donations from Jersey Mike’s franchise owners, team members, and customers throughout the country were accepted at Jersey Mike’s nearly 600 locations following the storm.

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