YAHOO! LIFE – There’s no shortage of places to get a perfectly acceptable sandwich.
You can always head to your neighborhood convenience store for a chicken salad sandwich, pull together a simple recipe of your own at home, or rely on one of the many chain sub restaurants across the country.
If you tend to do the latter, forget the Subways, Jimmy John’s, and even the Quiznos of the world, because a new chain is about to become top dog in the sub sandwich wars, and deservedly so. It’s time for Jersey Mike’s to shine.
QSR Magazine reports that Jersey Mike’s is the number-one fastest growing chain in America:
From 2020 to 2021, 246 stores were added across the country, bringing the total number of locations to 2,100, and the chain brought in more than $2.2 billion in sales, a huge jump up from the $1.5 billion in 2020 sales.
“Behind all these impressive numbers is a devoted fandom and the fact that Jersey Mike’s just makes a darn good classic sub.”
Jersey Mike’s star is on the rise, and while it still has a way to go before catching up with Subway’s 37,000 locations, its exponential growth proves how far it has come from its humble beginnings to earn a spot among the country’s top sandwich brands.
A brief history of Jersey Mike’s
Jersey Mike’s started as a single shop called Mike’s Subs back in 1956. According to Jersey Mike’s own recollection of its history, there was in fact a Mike who ran it, though little else is known about the chain’s namesake.
That first shop opened in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, right on the Jersey Shore, and became well-known for being one of few places where you could get what at the time was a relatively rare item: the submarine sandwich.
In 1971, 14-year-old Peter Cranco (Jersey Mike’s current CEO) started working behind the counter at Mike’s Subs, and by the time he was 17, he bought the shop … READ MORE.