October 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Ocala, FL - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Ocala on October 8. Franchise owners Barry and Marlene Kovelesky, along with manager Megan Stankiewicz, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 8 to Sunday, October 19 to support Michelle-O-Gram in partnership with Ocala Health.
The new restaurant, located at 2602 SW 19th Ave., circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Michelle-O-Gram.
"After trying Jersey Mike's for the first time we loved the product and wanted to get involved with the brand," said Marlene Kovelesky. "Barry is originally from New Jersey so he had an instant connection with the company culture and the authentic sub sandwich."
Mrs. Kovelesky added, "Opening our doors here in Ocala is an opportunity to give back to our community through a 5-day grand opening fundraiser. All the money we raise will support Michelle-O-Gram and their mission to provide free mammograms for women who can't afford to be screened. Every October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are reminded of the impact this disease has on many women and their families. By teaming up with Michelle-O-Gram we hope to help more women get the exams they need."
The Koveleskys are exemplary Jersey Mike's franchise owner who shares the company's commitment to quality products and exceptional customer service, and who is dedicated to giving back to the local community. Since 2010, Jersey Mike's locations throughout the country have raised nearly $10 million for worthy local charities and have distributed more than 750,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.
Started in 1956, Jersey Mike's now has 1,300 restaurants open and under development nationwide. In just three years, the company has nearly doubled in size. A 2014 Technomic report ranked Jersey Mike's in the top five fastest-growing restaurant chains with sales above $200 million.
The growth is fueled by passionate Jersey Mike's fans who crave their subs made Mike's Way® with the freshest vegetables – onions, lettuce and tomatoes – topped off with an exquisite zing of "the juice" – red wine vinegar and olive oil blended to perfection. Jersey Mike's premium meats and cheeses are sliced on the spot, piled high on in-store baked bread and served up with a helping of neighborly banter from a dedicated and high-energy team.
This is the first Jersey Mike's location for the Koveleskys.
The restaurant's hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. You can contact this location directly at
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