Jimmy John’s set to open locally

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October 18, 2013

12:01 AM

Come January, students at the College of William and Mary will add Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches to its list of dining options. Located on Scotland Street next to Brickhouse Tavern, the sandwich shop will offer delivery option and online ordering.

The Jimmy John’s menu is straightforward: The sandwiches range from $3.95 to $5.95, excluding the establishment’s largest sandwich, “The J.J. Gargantuan,” priced at $7.95. Jimmy John’s also carries its own brand of chips and cookies, and sells pickles on the side.

Sionne Olson ’15 has eaten at other Jimmy John’s locations often and is eager for the new branch to open. Olson resides in Brown Hall, which would put her in the radius of Jimmy John’s delivery route.

“The fact that they deliver makes it incredibly convenient for students, with their busy schedules,” Olson said.

Nia Gibson ’17 said she is hesitant to visit Jimmy John’s. Although she has never tried the food, she has heard mixed reviews.

“Some people swear by it while others say the sandwiches are subpar,” Gibson said. “I would have preferred Subway, Firehouse Subs or Jersey Mike’s over Jimmy John’s.”

Michael Morris, the manager of Jimmy John’s in New Town and the future manager of the Scotland Street location, is optimistic. Jimmy John’s boasts two big draws for college students — “freaky fast” delivery times and late-night hours. The delivery area will be small, but Morris is sure that it should cover the entirety of the College’s campus. The Scotland Street location will be open until 3 a.m. as well.

For vegetarians on campus, Morris noted that his workers and friends have told him the vegetarian sandwich options are among the best they have sampled. He added that the ingredients in all of the sandwiches are top quality and that the bread is never more than four hours old. The meat and vegetables are sliced every morning.

“Everything we do is really fresh,” Morris said.

According to Morris, work schedules will be adjusted on a semester basis to accommodate student employees, whom he hopes will make up a large part of his staff.

The store itself has neon signs, red walls and a number of booths. Morris hopes Jimmy John’s will be a place where students come to hang out and take a break from their studies.

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