Jersey Mike's Subs Raises Funds For Hope Worldwide At Grand Opening

Owners Celebrate with Free Subs

Jersey Mike's Subs officially opened its doors in Columbia.  Jersey Mike's owners, Rhonda and Eric Gibbs know the importance of community relations and celebrated their new ties with the area during their grand opening on Wed., July 1, 2009.

To commemorate the grand opening, the new restaurant, located at 136-3 Forum Drive, is hosted a 5-day fundraiser from Wed., July 1 through Sun., July 5, with proceeds supporting Hope Worldwide. Anyone who had a fundraising coupon could get a free regular sub for a $1 donation.  Coupons were distributed throughout the community and in local newspapers.  

"We selected this organization because it provides a great service to those who cannot provide for themselves. As a family we wanted to give something back to this organization, so they can continue to make a difference in the community," said Rhonda Gibbs.

"Giving back is a key component of Jersey Mike's mission. All franchise owners find ways to support their neighbors and employees are encouraged to volunteer their time and talents as well. When you are an active contributor to the community it shows," said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike's Founder and CEO.  "Rhonda and Eric are truly committed to helping others, and we congratulate them on their new store."

"What attracted me most was the quality and taste of the product.  I served in the United States Air Force for more than 20 years and I remember the day my boss ordered Jersey Mike's Subs for all his staff.  At the time I had never heard of Jersey Mike's, but from that day I was in love. I brought my husband and girls to the store and they totally agreed - these are the only sandwiches we wanted to eat," said Rhonda Gibbs. "By opening this business, we are building a future for our children," Gibbs added.  

Store hours are 10 am to 9 pm. You can contact this store directly at (803) 865-8004.

Jersey Mike's, a sub sandwich franchise with more than 400 stores open and under development nationwide, has a long history of community involvement and support.  Started at the Jersey Shore in 1956, Jersey Mike's serves authentic Northeast 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