March 28, 2012 // Franchising.com // Orlando, FL - Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled East Coast-style subs, opened its fifth restaurant in Orlando on March 21. Franchise owner Jeff Padgett held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wed., March 21 to Sun., March 25 to support Edgewater High School and Give Kids The World. The fundraising efforts continued Mon., March 26 to Fri., March 31 in extended support of Give Kids The World Village as part of Jersey Mike’s Subs 2nd annual national fundraising campaign March “Month of Giving.”
The new restaurant, located at 2100 Edgewater Drive, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Edgewater High School and Give Kids The World.
Started at the Jersey Shore in 1956, Jersey Mike’s continued its steady growth in 2011 opening 69 new restaurants throughout the country, a 15 percent increase overall. The popular sub shop wins best sub awards in virtually every market it enters.
Jeff Padgett exemplifies Jersey Mike’s quest for excellence as it selects franchise owners who share the company's commitment to quality products and exceptional customer service and who are dedicated to giving back to the local community. In 2011, locations throughout the country raised more than $2 million for worthy local charities and distributed more than 100,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.
“Orlando is an amazing city and I truly appreciate the family friendly atmosphere,” said Padgett. “That’s why when considering charities for my grand opening I decided to focus on helping children. Edgewater High School is a fine institution that incorporates the support and involvement of families and the community to help students succeed,” he said.
“Give Kids The World is a non-profit organization that gives children with life-threatening illnesses the opportunity to experience a joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village,” he said. “Most importantly, this is an organization that gives these children hope—and a little bit of hope goes a long way with these children.”
Passionate Jersey Mike's fans crave their subs made Mike's Way™ with onions, lettuce, tomatoes and a signature blend of olive oil, red wine vinegar and spices. The company uses only private labeled meats and cheeses that are sliced fresh for each sub sandwich and piled high on in-store baked bread. Everything is quickly made to order for each customer, just the way the first subs were made at the original Jersey Mike's more than fifty years ago. The Jersey Mike’s experience always includes its trademark neighborly banter served up by a high-energy Jersey Mike’s team.
This will be Jeff Padgett’s fourth Jersey Mike’s location. Padgett began as an hourly employee in a Greenville, N.C. Jersey Mike’s Subs location while attending college. He advanced to become general manager where he learned many essentials to put him on the path to becoming a multi-unit owner. In October 2007, Padgett opened his first Jersey Mike’s location in Lake Mary, Fla., followed by two more Florida locations in Altamonte Springs in January and July of 2009. He is enthusiastic about providing the Orlando area with the freshest product and friendliest service.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. You can contact this store directly at (407) 412-5935.
Throughout the month of March, Give Kids The World is joining forces with 10 Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants throughout the Orlando area as part of the national “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign to help make a difference in children's lives. The campaign will culminate in the nationwide event, Jersey Mike’s “Make A Difference Day” on Wed., March 28. On that day, Orlando area residents are invited to come in to a local Jersey Mike’s restaurant and enjoy a delicious sub meal. All area Jersey Mike’s restaurants will donate 50 percent of the day’s sales to Give Kids The World.
Jersey Mike’s, a sub sandwich franchise with more than 600 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 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. A store locator and franchise information for Jersey Mike’s can be found at www.jerseymikes.com.