March 14, 2016 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. – Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, is taking flight with its non-traditional locations, adding Orlando International Airport (MCO) to its roster just last month.
The Jersey Mike’s restaurant, operated by Villa Restaurant Group, opened in the new Food Hall in Airside Terminal 2, serving Southwest and Virgin America airlines. It features five additional restaurants operated by Villa Restaurant Group, including Asian Chao, Villa Italian Kitchen, Green Leaf's & Bananas, The Market by Villa and, opening soon, Chipotle. The renovated 12,000-square-foot area holds more than 300 seats.
“Travelers know Jersey Mike’s from home and are excited to discover one of their favorite restaurants at the airport,” said Todd Quinzi, Jersey Mike’s Area Director for Florida. “We are grateful to our partners at Villa who share our passion for the Jersey Mike’s brand and welcomed us into their restaurant family at Orlando Airport.”
The Orlando Airport restaurant currently employs 32 team members and expects to add more.
“After studying the demographics and flying habits of a typical Southwest customer that would use the Food Hall, we knew Jersey Mike’s would be a perfect fit,” said Adam Torine, Executive Vice President of Development, Villa Restaurant Group. “As operators ourselves, we truly appreciate Jersey Mike’s detailed level of support and hope to continue growing together.”
The first Jersey Mike’s airport location opened at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas in January 2013. It was followed by restaurants at other travel sites including Newark Liberty International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Amtrak’s historic 30th Street Station in downtown Philadelphia. In December 2015, Jersey Mike’s opened its first casino location at the popular Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Additionally, the company has opened several university sites on New Jersey campuses.
“The opening of Orlando International Airport continues Jersey Mike’s strategy to bring the brand to non-traditional locations from travel sites to college campuses,” said Phil Capozzi, VP Non-traditional Development, Jersey Mike’s Subs.
Started in 1956, Jersey Mike’s now has 1,500 restaurants open and under development nationwide. In 2015, for the second year in a row, the company was named the #1 fastest growing chain in the Nation’s Restaurant News 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 1,500 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).
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