JJ's to serve up 3rd Roch. location in ex-Maid Rite Diner
This deal has been in the works for a while. But now it is locked down, signed on the dotted line and ready to roll.
A popular sandwich maker is looking to deliver its third shop to southwest Rochester this summer.
Look for Skip and Tammy Christian to open a Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches sometime in June in the Crossroads Plaza, along South Broadway.
"We've been working to get in there for quite a few years," says Skip Christian. "16th and Broadway is one of the busiest intersections in the city."
Unfortunately, it was the recent closing of the Maid Rite Diner at 90 14th St. S.W. that finally opened up a spot in the shopping center. The space is on the south end of the center, which has a Walgreens as its anchor on the north end.
They say that end spot is attractive for many reasons, but it's the drive-through window that really made the Christians hungry for it.
"That's something we've been trying to get for quite a while," he says. "It'll really make it more convenient for the customers."
The south location will also extend the Jimmy John's "Freaky Fast" delivery range in Rochester. Typically an order in delivered within 15 to 20 minutes of being made.
Exactly how far the delivery area will extend won't be decided until right before the shop opens. A corporate official will come to Rochester and drive the area to see what will work within the Jimmy John's model.
This shop will be exactly the same size as the northwest location, which is at 2986 41st St. N.W. in the Jiffy Lube center. The Christians opened that one in 2009.
Their first shop launched in 2005 in the the Kahler Inn and Suites complex in downtown Rochester.
Jimmy's John's employs about 66 workers in the Med City right now. Christian expects to hire about 25 to 30 more to run the south shop.
With its proximity to Mayo Clinic buildings, the downtown spot is the most heavily staffed shop. About 17 workers are needed to cover the lunch-hour rush, he says.