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East Coast Sub Sensation Opens First Location in Champaign

Owners Celebrate Grand Opening with Free Subs

March 13, 2013 • Champaign, IL

Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled East Coast-style subs, will officially opened its doors in Champaign on March 13.  Franchise owners Tony Rubba and G Abu Saba held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, March 13 to Sunday, March 17 to support the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

The new restaurant, located at 505 E. Green Street, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Started at the Jersey Shore in 1956, Jersey Mike's continued its steady growth in 2012 opening 92 new restaurants throughout the country, a 33 percent increase in new store growth over 2011. 

Tony Rubba and G Abu Saba 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.  Since 2010, locations throughout the country have raised more than $5 million for worthy local charities and distributed more than 500,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes. 

“We feel so privileged to bring Jersey Mike’s to the students at the University of Illinois,” said Rubba.  “There is such an incredible vibe on this campus and we look forward to being an integral part of this campus community.  In addition, this grand opening has given us the chance to partner with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.  This is such a great opportunity for us to open our doors and support a great local cause.”

Passionate Jersey Mike's fans crave their subs made Mike's Way™ with onions, lettuce, tomatoes and a signature blend of olive oil, red wine vinegar and spices.  The company uses only private labeled meats and cheeses that are sliced fresh for each sub sandwich and piled high on in-store baked bread.  Everything is quickly made to order for each customer, just the way the first subs were made at the original Jersey Mike's more than fifty years ago.  The Jersey Mike’s experience always includes its trademark neighborly banter served up by a high-energy Jersey Mike’s team.


This is the second Jersey Mike’s location for Tony Rubba and G Abusaba.  In December 2012, they opened their first Jersey Mike’s location in Springfield.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. You can contact this store directly at (217) 954-1167. 

"Jersey Mike’s Subs," "Jersey Mike’s," and "Mike’s Way" are registered trademarks of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc.