Jersey Mike’s Subs Raises Funds For Special Olympics Arizona At Grand Opening

Owners Celebrate with Free Subs

Jersey Mike’s Subs opened a new location in Phoenix. Jersey Mike’s owners Bill and Leslie Mapes have proven their restaurateur chops as they embark on this, their eighth Arizona store and will celebrate their ties with the area during their grand opening. Corey Mapes, their son is also part owner of this restaurant.

To commemorate the event, the new restaurant, located at 245 East Bell Road, hosted a 5-day fundraiser from Wed., Jan., 11 through Sun., Jan., 15, with proceeds supporting The Special Olympics Arizona.  Anyone who had a fundraising coupon received a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution.  Coupons were distributed throughout the community and in local newspapers.  

“The Special Olympics gives all Arizona residents a chance to live their dreams,” said Leslie Mapes.  Special Olympics Arizona's (SOAZ) goal is to empower the over 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive, and respected members of society through SOAZ's year-round sports training, competitions and support programs. “I hope our partnership with SOAZ will be an opportunity for all people in the Arizona area to embrace and recognize the opportunity SOAZ affords the intellectually disabled.” said Bill Mapes. 

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

All franchise owners find ways to support their neighbors and employees are encouraged to volunteer their time and talents as well. “To succeed in business, and in life, we must give back,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO.  “Bill and Leslie Mapes will do both because they care about the families of Phoenix and we congratulate them on their new store.”

 “We have found a wonderful family in Jersey Mike’s and look forward to each day in the work place,” said Leslie Mapes. With a ninth location on the horizon in Scottsdale, the Mapes show no signs of slowing down. “Four years later and we’re still standing!” said Bill Mapes. 

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. You can contact this store directly at (602) 866-6930. 

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 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