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Jimmy John's to open at 2940 Wal-Mart Drive

Posted: Friday, September 5, 2014

Jimmy John’s, a new fast food sandwich restaurant specializing in gourmet sandwiches, is planning to open in Huntington on October 1. The new restaurant will be located at 2940 Wal-Mart Drive next to Sears Optical. The new restaurant will have a walk-in, drive-thru or what they consider “freaky fast” delivery for their customers.

A Taste of Gourmet History by Jimmy John’s: 1983 was a big year for America. Change was in the air. Reagan and Bush were leading the country through the Cold War, GI Joe was dating Barbie, teenagers “tight rolled” their pants and slow danced to Total Eclipse of the Heart. For many, 1983 was a confusing, hungry place. People cried out for more and not just more fondue. It would be a 19-year-old with two first names that would answer America’s cry for lunch – Jimmy John Liautaud.

Jimmy believed that if he kept it simple he could create the world’s greatest gourmet sandwich. With a handful of cookbooks checked out from his local library, Jimmy perfected his award-winning bread. After creating four sandwiches, Jimmy tested them on friends and family, receiving the praise he needed to press on. With no hesitation he opened the very first Jimmy John’s. Paying a whopping $200 a month in rent, he could afford only used equipment consisting of a refrigerator, a chest freezer, an oven and a meat slicer. The first Jimmy John’s served soda with no ice (there was no room in the budget for an ice machine).

As any good business story goes, things were not easy in the beginning. So Jimmy John Liautaud did what any young entrepreneur would do – he took to the streets with armfuls of free sandwiches. College kids loved his irreverent attitude and dirt-cheap prices. The fact that he delivered was icing on the cake. Jimmy John’s has grown up over the last few decades and there are currently over 1,900 stores open.

Bread is baked in-house every day and served fresh. Meat and veggies are sliced fresh in-house every day. The turkey is real turkey, the roast beef is real roast beef – no additives, no vegetable-based fillers. Nothing is delivered pre-sliced. Real Hellmann’s mayo, real Grey Poupon, real olive oil and red wine vinegar are used. “Make a deal, keep a deal” is the Golden Rule.