May 11, 2011 // Franchising.com // MANASQUAN, N.J. - Jersey Mike's Subs expands in select U.S. markets with franchise partners who have track records of building strong brands. This continues Jersey Mike's steady growth strategy, selecting area directors and franchisees that share the company's commitment to quality products, exceptional customer service and giving back to the local community.
"We are determined to grow with the right partners and we have identified a group we believe will help us continue to build momentum for the Jersey Mike's brand throughout the country," said Peter Cancro, Founder & CEO, Jersey Mike's Subs. "Jersey Mike's has been around for 55 years because we are highly selective about who joins our team. Having the financial qualifications is not enough – we are looking for franchise partners, like these, who share our business philosophy and are top-notch operators."
With new partners, the company continues to expand in markets including: Texas, Colorado, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Delaware/Maryland. Existing operators are growing in 14 additional territories.
Experienced franchise partners include restaurant industry veterans Bryan Selden & Jeff Worthen of Lone Star Restaurant Group, who opened two Jersey Mike's units and have development agreements for an additional 15. They approached the company about opening 11 more. The team's other brands include 11 Great American Cookies, two Pretzel Times, six Wingstops, and six Smashburgers (out of a 20-store agreement). They were recently named area developers for TCBY self serve for the state of Texas and have several stores in various stages of development.
Another is Brad Mouly who is opening 10 units in Delaware & the Eastern shore of Maryland. He has been in the franchise food service industry for more than 21 years, starting his career in food service with Domino's Pizza in 1990. He advanced through the system for eight years, winning numerous awards, and then went on to franchise four Domino's Pizza stores on the Eastern shore of Maryland for the past 14 years.
Two additional franchise groups are helping expand the already successful Chicago market, which just opened its 20th store in just over two years. Jason Corriveau & Bud Patel, drawing on their experience with brands such as Wendy's and Dunkin' Donuts, will open 10 units. Another experienced team, Mac Shimmon & Lisa Furleigh, will also open 10 units in the market. They bring extensive operations, marketing and team building experience from worldwide brands including Dunkin' Brands, Wendy's, and Pizza Hut.
Jersey Mike's, a sub sandwich franchise with more than 500 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 East Coast-style subs on fresh baked bread – the same recipe it started with 55 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. A store locator and franchise information for Jersey Mike's can be found at www.jerseymikes.com.