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Mini Jimmy-cation: Buffalo, NY



Now, I know it isn’t New York City, but Fall is in full effect, and Buffalo is a top spot to visit this time of year!

Trust me, it’s worth it. 


You'll probably want to take a walk through one of Buffalo's 20 city parks to enjoy the fall colors (are they making you hungry for BBQ chips?) BUT, if you need a break, check out the Buffalo History Museum! 



and then get right back out to check out the trees (and our not-so-subtle product placement)



and of course, no trip to Western New York is complete without a stop at Niagara Falls. It's only a 25 minute drive from Buffalo, and you'll definitely want to grab a sub before you hit the road! 


and don't forget to visit us at any of our Buffalo area locations!

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  1. 770 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY
  2. 3550 Main St. Amherst, NY
  3. 4125 Transit Rd. Williamsville, NY
  4. 1300 Sweet Home Rd. Amherst, NY



Serve your employees and they will serve you



"My career at Jimmy John’s is my biggest accomplishment so far. I never really wanted to go to college, so I went to work after high school. I took administrative assistance jobs because they paid well, but it was boring work to me. I quickly realized that I needed to figure out how to support myself doing something I love. I love serving customers, teaching, and leading a team. Jimmy John’s has allowed me to do what I love. I take care of my team and in return they take care of the customers. I so admire and respect my team. Serve your employees and your employees will serve you. I really love it."

-Audry Arambula, General Manager, Lake Forest, CA #2820

Mini Jimmy-cation: San Francisco


WOO, here we go! More travel advice from me to you. I’m sure you’re over there wondering, “Why on earth is Jimmy John’s giving me more travel advice?” Great question. Traveling is fun, people like fun…AND I wanna tell you where my sub shops are located without it seeming like I’m telling you where they’re located. Ya feel me?   
Anyway back to San Fran, The City by the Bay, and the home of Danny Tanner. Who, by the way, supports you in your travels.
Here are just a few sweet spots to visit in San Francisco and the suburbs!

1. Golden Gate Bridge:
DUH. If you find yourself in San Francisco, you go see the Golden Gate Bridge. I shouldn’t even have to tell you that. 
What was that? Where’s the closest Jimmy John’s? I’m glad you asked! I’ve got two shops in downtown San Fran, take your pick.
2. Diablo Foothills Regional Park:
Right near my Concord and Walnut Creek shops, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you’ll find this gem. Hit the foothills with your best friend, and by your best friend I mean me…
3. San Francisco Bay:
I understand that if you went to see the Golden Gate Bridge you probably saw the bay, but the view from right above Crissy Field is worth the walk over. Plus, I really wanted to say….Enjoy your lunch with bay. Soooooo, there.
Enjoy your lunch with bay!
P.S. You can find all of the San Francisco area shops at these locations: 
1. 785 Oak Grove Rd. Concord, CA
2. 1110 Concord Ave. Concord, CA
3. 2914 N. Main St. Walnut Creek, CA
4. 137 Plaza Dr. Vallejo, CA
5. 159 Market Place San Ramon, CA
6. 4825 Hopyard Rd. Pleasanton, CA
7. 120 Pine St. San Francisco, CA
8. 50 Post St. San Francisco, CA
Hard work pays off!


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"I’ve learned discipline at Jimmy John’s. As a result, I’m doing things I never thought I’d be doing. One of the signs in our store says, ‘The only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren’t is the willingness to work very, very hard.’ True that! When I first started, the sense of urgency stood out most to me. Jimmy says that when you make sandwiches faster it fixes a lot of problems. When you’re fast at slicing, fast at making sandwiches, fast at bread starting, it allows us to put the focus on our customers. Hard work pays off! Everyone wins!" 

-Myles Santi, 1st Assistant Manager, Roselle, IL #3629

Mini Jimmy-cation: So-Cal




If you find yourself in Southern California for a few hours or a few days, here are some rockin’ places to visit. And guess what? They all have a Jimmy John’s nearby so you're never far from your sub fix. Ya didn’t think I was JUST giving you travel advice did you?


1. Newport Beach:

Right off PCH, Highway 1, California 1, State Route 1 or whatever name tickles your (dill) pickle, is the beautiful city of Newport Beach. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and enjoy the ocean breeze...


BONUS: no need to cut into your much needed tanning time, our Costa Mesa location delivers to a portion of the beach. Give ‘em a call: 949-646-2541!


2. Trabuco Canyon:

Before you head out for a morning hike to get that basic photo you’ll caption “#views”, stop by and grab a sammie at one of our Lake Forest locations!  (We're on your way to Trabuco Canyon, which by the way…#views.) It's about a 12 mile hike, so you'll need that fuel. 💪


3. Laguna Beach

Suuuuup Lauren, Kristin, Stephen and crew…wait, are you guys too young for that? (Update: Lauren is THE Lauren Conrad, Kristin married that dude from the Chicago Bears and Stephen is...M.I.A.)

Anyway, the sunset at Laguna Beach is a MUST SEE. 


Now get out there, roam the U.S. and don't forget:



P.S.  you can find all my Southern California shops at these locations:

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  • 1) 24531 Trabuco Rd. Lake Forest, CA
  • 2) 20025 Lake Forest Dr., Lake Forest, CA
  • 3) 28621 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA
  • 4) 6624 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine, CA  
  • 5) 4199 Campus D. Ste A., Irvine, CA 
  • 6) 2800 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa,  CA
  • 7) 1835 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA
  • 8) 3930 South Bristol St. Santa Ana, CA
  • 9) 130 S. Main St. Orange, CA
  • 10) 122 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA
  • 11) 1500 E. Village Way, Orange, CA
  • 12) 4846 Valley View Ave., Yorba Linda, CA
  • 13) 1180 Hamner Ave., Norco, CA
  • 14) 4270 Riverwalk Pkwy., Riverside, CA
  • 15) 505 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA
  • 16) 1309 S. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 
  • 17) 7451 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, CA
  • 18) 5942 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 
  • 19) 18011 Newhope St. Fountain Valley, CA
  • 20) 7029 Katella Ave., Stanton, CA
  • 21) 421 W. Broadway, Long Beach, CA
  • 22) 4995 Candlewood St., Lakewood, CA
  • 23) 12431 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk CA
  • 24) 12018 Lakewood Blvd., Downey, CA 
  • 25) 4505 Chino Hills Pkwy., Chino Hills, CA
  • 26) 2550 S. Vineyard Ave., Ontario, CA 
Don't give up easily!


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"I’ve been working at Jimmy John’s for 2 1/2 years. Recently I was given a chance to run a unit in California. This was my chance. During the first couple of days on the job I wanted to leave. I was totally overwhelmed but I don’t give up easily! I kept going. I’m so glad that I did! I really enjoy my job. I’m happy.”

-Vin Norris, 1st Assistant, Los Angeles, CA #9071


13 Times Jimmy John's Saved Lives


Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear black t-shirts.

When the struggle bus seems like an easy ride, you just need someone who will always be there. Someone who has your back through the good, the bad, and the ugly. JJ's has got your back through the thick and thin and the even thinner...



1. When your 21st birthday tries to get the better of you


2.  When you're trying to stand out from the crowd

3. When you just need a study buddy


4. When you're just not feeling it


5.  When college gets too expensive


6. When you're trying to set goals


7.  When you've got that late night craving...and it's raining


8. Or looking for a little foodie call action


9. When you didn't have time for breakfast


10. When you need to remember the basics


11. When life hits you


12. When you're running low on dough


13. When you can see the light


So the next time things get a little hairy, just remember:  

19-year-old Jimmy John's Owner Turned a Sandwich Shop into a Billion-Dollar Business. NBD.


JJgoalsWhen Jimmy John Liautaud was 19 years old, he took out a small loan from his dad, moved from the Chicago suburbs to the college town of Charleston, IL and opened his first sub shop in a 2 car garage down a back alley. (It was by a bar, college town gold!)

First JJ's

 With four subs on the menu and lots of drunk college kids to buy ‘em*, Jimmy was able to pay back his dad within 3 years. 8 years after that, he started franchising.

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Fast forward to today, and Jimmy John's is rockin out in 43 states across the U.S. with over 2,500 locations.

But turning a small sub shop into a kick-ass business wasn’t an overnight success.

In 2002, Jimmy realized that almost half of the franchise locations were failing and he took matters into his own hands. He worked with the franchise owners to explain what got him to where he was: late nights, long hours, weekends, rain, snow, or shine and lots of hard work. He started only selling stores to folks who were ready to adopt that lifestyle.


Moral of the story: hard work prevails! Anyone - of any age - can create a successful business out of a simple idea. 

Today, Jimmy John's is worth an estimated $2 billion dollars and will be joining the Roark Capital Group who has recently acquired a majority interest in Jimmy John’s. Roark also owns businesses like Arby’s, Drybar, Cinnabon, Wingstop and Moe’s.

To read the full story, check out Crain's Chicago Business article




Real food, real people!



“I love being a Guerilla Marketer because we make a huge impact on the people we teach to guerilla market. The entire team genuinely cares about each other and they care about doing a good job. I work at a different Jimmy John’s each week, I see people that enjoy being at work. How often does that happen? Customers notice the positive energy from the minute they walk into the store every time. When I teach the store manager to sample the store’s delivery area, I love to introduce people to JJ’s with a tasty sample made with best in category ingredients. The coolest is when they come back to order because they loved it so much! I love it. The food's real, the team is real, Jimmy is real, we love what we do and we make a difference. That's cool!"

-Joe Madrid, Guerilla Marketer, Villa Park, IL

Extraordinary: The Difference is a Little Something Extra



"Before Jimmy John’s, I was an Operations Specialist in the Navy for eight years. I learned to get things done quickly and efficiently and that’s how we do things at Jimmy John’s. It’s a perfect fit for me. I come in early and bust out operations to set up my team for success which makes the lunch rush that much more fun! Bottom line: I love my job and I love the people that I work with. We are family. This is not a normal place to work this is an extraordinary place . Thanks Jimmy!"

- Patrick Monahan, General Manager, Mission Viejo, CA, #2808