MANASQUAN, N.J. – Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, has awarded 10 restaurants in New England to Mohegan Restaurant (JM Subs), LLC, a business diversification entity of Mohegan Holding Company, LLC, of the Mohegan Tribe. The Tribe plans to open its first two sub shops within the next nine months. The awarded territory covers Rhode Island and the southern section of Worcester County in Massachusetts.
"Through our business diversification efforts, we are focused on economic development for the Tribe as well as our local communities," said Kevin Brown "Red Eagle," Chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council. "Our new partnership with Jersey Mike's, an outstanding company that shares our commitment to being a good neighbor, helps continue our growth in the franchise restaurant industry in order to create jobs for the region and careers for tribal members."
The Tribe established Mohegan Holding Company, LLC, for business diversification in non-gaming areas, and now includes interests in franchise restaurants, sustainable energy resources and manufacturing, and office digital solutions. In November 2014, Mohegan Holdings opened the first of several Smashburger locations planned for southern New England in Waterford, Conn.
"The Mohegan Tribe is completely aligned with our core values to make a difference in someone's life and we are excited to welcome the Tribe to the Jersey Mike's family," said Jersey Mike's President Hoyt Jones. "This partnership is an important step in our strategy to expand and build brand awareness in New England and we are actively looking for real estate in Rhode Island and the Worcester area."
Early on, the two entities found common ground through a shared passion for supporting local causes such as the Connecticut Sports Foundation, an organization created to financially assist cancer patients and their families and to fund cancer research, and Wreaths Across America whose mission is to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve and their families, and Teach our children the value of freedom.
Since 2010, Jersey Mike's locations throughout the country have raised nearly $10 million for worthy local charities and have distributed more than 1 million free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes. Currently, Jersey Mike's franchisees throughout the nation are gearing up for the 5th Annual Jersey Mike's Month of Giving in March. Last year, $2.1 million was raised for more than 100 different charities nationwide.
Started in 1956, Jersey Mike's now has 1,300 restaurants open and under development nationwide. The company was named the #1 fastest growing chain in the Nation's Restaurant News 2014 Top 100 and continues to win best sub awards in virtually every market it enters.
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.
Jersey Mike's, a fast-casual sub sandwich franchise with more than 1,300 locations open and under development nationwide, believes that making a sub sandwich and making a difference can be one and the same. Jersey Mike's offers a sub above, serving authentic fresh sliced subs on freshly baked bread – the same recipe it started with in 1956 – and is passionate about giving back to its local communities. For more information, please visit www.jerseymikes.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jerseymikes) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/jerseymikes).
The Mohegan Tribe is a sovereign, federally recognized Indian nation in Uncasville, Connecticut, founded on the banks of the Thames River by Chief Uncas in the mid17th century. After its federal recognition in 1994, the Tribe opened the world-class casino resort Mohegan Sun on its reservation land in 1996. It has created The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) to oversee its gaming properties which now include Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, PA and Atlantic City Resorts in Atlantic City, NJ. The nine-member Tribal Council serves as the leadership for the sovereign nation, and also serves as the Board of Directors for MTGA. Mohegan Holdings was created by the Tribe for business diversification in non-gaming areas, and now includes interests in franchise restaurants, sustainable energy resources and manufacturing, and office digital solutions.
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