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Jersey Mike's Subs Raises Funds for Children's Miracle Network at Grand Opening

Another Jersey Mike’s Subs will officially open its doors in Greenville next week. Jersey Mike’s owner Wes Shepherd knows the importance of community relations and will celebrate his growing ties with Greenville as part of his grand opening on Wed., Jan. 21. This is Shepherd’s fourth Jersey Mike’s store in Greenville. He currently owns nine Jersey Mike’s stores in Eastern Carolina. His other stores are located in Washington, Winterville, New Bern, Goldsboro and Morehead City.

To commemorate the grand opening, the new restaurant, located at 1908 East Firetower Rd., #101, is hosting a 1-day fundraiser on opening day with proceeds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network which locally raises money to support University Health Systems Children’s Hospital here in Greenville. Anyone who has a fundraising coupon can get a free regular sub for a $1 donation on the day of the grand opening. Coupons are being distributed throughout the community.

“It’s important to me and my partners Jonathan Williams and Brian Stockwell that we do our best to give Greenville kids the leg up they might need in life,” said Shepherd. “Among other things, that means brightening the future of the sick kids in our community.”

According to Peter Cancro, founder and CEO of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, reaching out to the community is a key component of Jersey Mike’s mission.

“Wes Shepherd is that all too rare combination of a very successful businessman who is truly committed to the betterment of his community and helping others,” Cancro said. “He has been pivotal to the success of more than a few East Carolina graduates.” A graduate of East Carolina University himself, Shepherd is known to hire local students and offer incentives to those who show promise. For several, he has even found partnership opportunities.

Cancro and Shepherd’s history goes back 15 years to the first Jersey Mike’s store Shepherd opened in Greenville with his grandparents’ money when he was 22 years old. Cancro, who founded Jersey Mike’s at 17, gave Shepherd his first break.

"It took people like Peter and my grandparents believing in me for me to get where I am now," Shepherd said. "So I believe in paying that forward. Mymentoring strategyis to hand over operational responsibility to top staff who started out sweeping floors and serving subs. They care abouttheir stores and that keeps customers coming back. For instance, Jonathan Williams is now consistently one of my top operators. It's amazing what kids can do when they're giventhe opportunityand their community is behind them."

Wes lives in Greenville with his wife, Lisa, and three children, Mary-Coleman (11), Jennings (8) and Eva (1). Jonathan Williams and his wife, Jamie, are expecting their first child this spring.

Store hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. to Sat. and 11:00 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays. Contact this store at (252) 321-1112.

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 www.jerseymikes.com.