May 07, 2010 // Franchising.com // Jersey Mike's Subs officially opened its doors in Monrovia, which brought the count to forty four restaurants in California. Jersey Mike's owner, Vana Mehrabian knows the importance of community relations and celebrated his new ties with the area during his grand opening on May 5.
To commemorate the event, the new restaurant, located at 444 West Huntington Drive, hosted a 5-day fundraiser from Wed., May 5 through Sun., May 9, with proceeds supporting Monrovia High School and Arcadia High School. Anyone who had a fundraising coupon received a free regular size sub with a minimum $1 donation. Coupons were distributed throughout the community and in local newspapers.
"One of our top priorities as small business owners is to support our community, and in particular the children," said Mehrabian. "I wanted to support the local high schools where my store is located, because I want to give something back to the community that has already given so much to me."
Reaching out to the community is a key component of Jersey Mike's mission. All franchise owners find ways to support their neighbors and employees are encouraged to volunteer their time and talents as well. "Every community deserves local businesses that are invested in their success," said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike's founder and CEO. "Vana Mehrabian has shown that he cares about Monrovia and its families, and we congratulate him on his first store."
"After visiting a Jersey Mike's store in California and trying a sandwich, I was blown away," said Mehrabian. I loved the product, the people, and the atmosphere. I knew it would be a great product to bring to Monrovia. The business model focuses on building relationships in the community, serving quality products, and offering excellent customer service."
Jersey Mike's, a sub sandwich franchise with more than 450 stores open and under development nationwide, has a long history of community involvement and support. Started at the Jersey Shore in 1956, Jersey Mike's serves authentic Northeast-style subs on fresh baked bread - the same recipe it started with over 50 years ago. The company's mission is to bring its customers the highest quality, freshest made sub in the industry and give back to the communities in which it operates.