Jersey Mike's Subs will celebrate its grand opening in South Pasadena Wednesday, with a five-day fundraiser for the
Franchise owners Kristi Simmons, her husband, John, and John's brother, Allan, will open their third store at 462 Fairoaks Avenue, at 10 a.m. The trio's other store locations are in La Cañada and Pasadena.
The family chose the South Pasadena Eduational Foundation (SPEF) because “We have lived here (in San Marino, South Pasadena and Pasadena) for over 30 years and we know how important the public schools are in these areas. It is our honor to give back to the South Pasadena school system,'' Kristi Simmons said.
The SPEF has provides support to South Pasadena students in all educational areas including academics, books and technology, libraries service and support, visual and performing arts, foreign languages, science, character education, critical thinking, career center, staff development, counseling, and athletics.
Donations to SPEF have always supported all five of South Pasadena's public schools: , , , and
Started at the Jersey Shore in 1956, Jersey Mike’s opened 69 new restaurants throughout the country in 2011, a 15 percent increase overall, a press release stated.
"The Simmonses exemplify Jersey Mike’s quest for excellence as it selects franchise owners who share the company's commitment to quality products and exceptional customer service and who are dedicated to giving back to the local community,'' according to a press release about the opening from Splash Communications.
In 2011, the sub shop franchises raised more than $2 million for worthy local charities throughout the country, and distributed more than 200,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.
The Simmonses opened their first Jersey Mike’s location in January 2010 in La Canada and went on to open another in Pasadena in November 2010. A resident of the San Gabriel Valley for decades, John has coached all three of his children through the South Pasadena AYSO organization.
The family is looking forward to opening a business that is close to home and will give back to the community in which they live, Kristi Simmons said.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. You may contact this store directly at (626) 403-0400.
Jersey Mike’s, a sub sandwich franchise with more than 750 stores open and under development nationwide, started at the Jersey Shore in 1956. It serves East Coast-style subs on fresh baked bread – the same recipe it started with over 50 years ago. The company’s mission is to bring its customers the highest quality, freshest made sub in the industry and give back to the communities in which it operates.
A store locator and franchise information for Jersey Mike’s can be found at www.jerseymikes.com.