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March 12, 2012

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 soutJimmy-johnscup-lh 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.


Yet another of the ubiquitous "sub shops". It's too bad that Maid Rite had to close. They truly offered a unique item that (apparently) did not appeal to enough people. On many of the trips I made from the Cities I would make it a point to stop in for a meal.

JJ's has the best subs!!!

JJ's is pretty good.I've only been there once and had the tuna sub.It was good and I will probably go back there.I wish though that they offered some hot subs.A meatball sub would be good and a warm chicken sub would also be good.They also need to get some better varieties of chips as well.Say maybe a baked sour cream & onion.

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