Jersey Mike's Subs opened its first store in Maryland. Jersey Mike's owner Danny Malamis knows the importance of community relations and celebrated ties with the area during the grand opening on Feb. 24. The company's authentic Northeast style subs are now available in most major metro markets across the country.
To commemorate the event, the new restaurant, located at 13600 Baltimore Ave, hosted a 5-day fundraiser from Wed., Feb. 24 through Sun., Feb. 28, with proceeds supporting the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department. Anyone who had a fundraising coupon received a free regular size sub with a minimum $1 donation. Coupons were distributed throughout the community and in local newspapers.
"We believe in the ripple effect - by helping Laurel's Fire Department they, in turn, help many others in our community," said Malamis, who is also a company Area Director for the Baltimore/Washington D.C./North Virginia region. "We look forward to building meaningful relationships with our new neighbors and invite everyone to come in, say hello, and join us to support this great cause."
The history of the company is one of entrepreneurship and giving back. CEO Peter Cancro started the company at age 17, before he was even legally able to slice a sub. Today, Jersey Mike's has more than 450 locations open and in-development nationwide. The company remains committed to making a difference in the communities it serves. Last year, the company's fundraising efforts delivered more than $250,000 to local organizations.
"Danny shares our company's philosophy that you give back - not for a pat on the back - but because it's the right thing to do," said Cancro. "That commitment to the community and his team's constant focus on excellence is a winning combination."
With more than 20 years experience in the quick-service restaurant and franchise business and with three years as Domino's Franchise Association CEO, Malamis was selected by Cancro and Hoyt Jones, President, to introduce Jersey Mike's to this all-important market.
As part of a long-term business plan, Malamis is also recruiting other franchisees who share his passion for the brand. "It is important to stay focused on enlisting the right franchisees to represent the Jersey Mike's brand. Putting together the right franchise team will help the rest fall into place. We are looking for people who share our desire for excellence. Our goal is not to be the biggest, but to be the best -- the best employers, the best franchisor, the best sub-makers and deliver the best overall experience."
Jersey Mike's is known for its New Jersey-style subs, made "Mike's Way" with onions, lettuce, tomatoes and a signature blend of olive oil, red wine vinegar and spices. The company only uses private labeled meats and cheeses that are sliced fresh for each 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. Another trademark of the Jersey Mike's experience is the neighborly banter served up by a high-energy team. Jersey Mike's wins best sub awards in virtually every market it enters.
Malamis and his wife, Carla, live with their 5 children in La Vale, Md.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. You can contact this store directly at 301-490-6969.
Jersey Mike's, a sub sandwich franchise with more than 450 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 www.jerseymikes.com.
On-hand to welcome franchisee Danny Malamis and his wife Carla (center) were Jersey Mike's Chief Operating Officer Mike Manzo (far left) and President Hoyt Jones (far right) along with Taylor Jones, field consultant (second from left) and Hoyt's wife, Joni Jones (second from right).