Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled East Coast-style subs, officially opened its doors in Blaine on June 12. Franchise owners John Griparis and Jeff Berns held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, June 12 to Sunday, June 16 to support the National Sports Center Foundation and the Blaine Soccer Club.
The new restaurant, located at 10340 Baltimore Street N.E., circulated coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to National Sports Center Foundation or Blaine Soccer Club.
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.
The National Sports Center is the world's largest amateur sports and meeting facility. The NSC campus operates over 100 unique programs and events in a variety of sports as well as hosting numerous national and international competitions annually that in total draw over 4 million visitors a year.
The Blaine Soccer Club is a community-based recreational and traveling soccer program that is open to all residents of Independent School District #16 and #11 as well as other surrounding communities. Blaine Soccer Club is affiliated with the City of Blaine Parks and Recreation Department and the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA).
Griparis and Berns exemplify Jersey Mike’s quest for excellence. As area directors responsible for the development of the state, they select 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 almost $7 million for worthy local charities and distributed more than 500,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.
“Jersey Mike’s has given us the opportunity to make a great impact on our community with a five day grand opening fundraiser,” said Berns. “Partnering with the National Sports Center Foundation and Blaine Soccer Club is a great way for us to connect with local residents and give back to programs that support children and athletics.”
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 eighth Jersey Mike’s location for Griparis and Berns. In April 2009, they opened their first Jersey Mike’s location in Vernon Hills, Ill. This will be their third location in Minnesota and they also own five locations in Illinois. Both Griparis and Berns are continuing to seek out additional franchise partners who share a passion for the brand and who want to be part of the exciting growth in this region.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. You can contact this store directly at (763) 786-1411.