From "Opening Soon" to "Now Open" - Jimmy John's South
The banner hanging over Rochester's south Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches shop is changing from "Opening Soon" to "Now Open" today.
Skip and Tammy Christian are delivering their third Med City sandwich shop at 10:30 a.m. this morning.
"We just got the word Friday night that we're cleared to open," says Skip Christian. "Jimmy John's always opens on a Tuesday."
This latest Jimmy John's is along South Broadway in the Crossroads Plaza. It's in the former home of the Maid Rite Diner, which closed earlier this year.
Traffic on the first day could be significant. The sandwiches will start flowing today a few hours before Vice President Joe Biden will appear across the street at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds.
While the process to build out this new location took longer than expected, Christian says it is now ready to roll with clearance from local officials and Jimmy John's head office.
"You've got to be efficient… got to be quick and you've got to be fresh, before you open up," he says.
This new shop is staffed by a team of 30 to 35 people. That'll bring Jimmy John's total employee numbers to almost 100 in Rochester.
While the menu and fast delivery at this location will mirror its older siblings, a drive-though window makes it unique among the other Med City Jimmy John's.
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 Kahler Inn and Suites complex in downtown Rochester.
Since then, Jimmy John's has seen a lot of competition come to town, with the latest being a Cousin's Subs opening on Second Street Southwest.
"Competition is good. It really does help us all," Christian says. "It gets people out. I enjoy the variety."