Jersey Mike’s Subs Raises Funds For Local Schools At Grand Opening

Owner Celebrates with Free Subs

Jersey Mike’s Subs opened its first store in Plainfield.  Jersey Mike’s owner Mark Cross knows the importance of community relations and celebrated his new ties with the area during his grand opening on February 23.  

To commemorate the event, the new restaurant, located at 13400 S. Route 59, hosted a 5-day fundraiser from Wed., Feb. 23 through Sun., Feb. 27, with proceeds supporting many Plainfield Schools PTO & PTA groups.  Anyone who had a fundraising coupon received a free regular size sub with a minimum $1 contribution.  More than 10,000 coupons were distributed throughout the community.

“I look forward to supporting the foundation of the Plainfield community, which is certainly our children and our schools,” said Cross.  “Our Jersey Mike’s stores in Naperville and Aurora have been very successful partnering with Districts #203 and #204.  On Jan. 5, we opened Jersey Mike’s of Lisle, supporting Lisle Schools HSO and raised more than $2,500 in 5 days!  I hope the people of Plainfield will visit the store in droves to try a great sandwich and support their local schools.”   

Reaching out to the community 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.  "We congratulate Mark for opening this new restaurant," said Peter Cancro, founder and CEO of Jersey Mike's Franchise Systems.  "His commitment to the youth of Plainfield is a solid example of our mission to make a difference one sub at a time."

“I first heard of Jersey Mike’s Subs in June, 2007 and was intrigued by its cult-like following.” Said Cross. “I researched franchising and the Jersey Mike’s brand for six months before tasting the subs.  My third bite was the #43 Chipotle Cheese Steak and it changed my life.

“I grew up on a farm in Northern Illinois so we ate steak and potatoes often but I’d never eaten a cheese steak before that fateful day.  I knew all my friends would feel the same way about these awesome sandwiches so now there’s no looking back!  My goal is to serve every customer the best sandwich experience of their life, each and every time they walk through the front door,” he said.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. You can contact this store directly at 815-254-3432.

Jersey Mike’s, a sub sandwich franchise with more than 500 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