Jersey Mike's Subs Raises Funds for Boys & Girls Club at Grand Opening

Owner Celebrates With Free Subs

Jersey Mike’s Subs will officially open its doors in Chandler next week. Jersey Mike’s owner Bill Mapes knows the importance of community involvement and will celebrate his new ties with Chandler when he holds a grand opening on Wed., Feb. 25. This is the fourth Jersey Mike’s store Mapes has opened in the last year. He introduced the legendary New Jersey-style subs to Arizona in Tempe in April 2008. He also has stores in Phoenix and Scottsdale and plans to open a fifth in Ahwatukee in April this year.

To commemorate the grand opening, the new restaurant, located at 2780 B West Chandler Blvd., next to the Chandler Fashion Center, is hosting a 5-day fundraiser to benefit Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley. Anyone who has a fundraising coupon can get a free regular sub for a $1 donation from Wed., Feb. 25 through Sun., March 1. Coupons are being distributed throughout the community and in local newspapers.

“Right now Jersey Mike’s is holding a national fundraising campaign for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and we wanted to provide additional support to our own local chapter of this great kids’ organization,” Mapes said. “We look forward to developing connections with this community and we couldn’t think of a better place to start.”

This fundraiser is part of a larger initiative that will for the first time harness Jersey Mike’s national network of franchise owners to support a singular cause each quarter during 2009. Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the first group selected and the other charity partners will be announced throughout the year.

“Due to the economy, many companies are cutting back on philanthropic budgets which means deserving organizations will suffer – we can’t let that happen,” said Peter Cancro, founder and CEO of Jersey Mike’s. “We are gratified that franchisees like Bill Mapes are getting involved and helping important local community organizations like their own Boys & Girls Club.

Mapes’ son Sean will run the Chandler store. His son Corey runs the Scottsdale operation. Mapes is the area director for Jersey Mike’s in Arizona.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Catering is also available at this store. The contact number is 480.782.6453 or by fax at 480.899.4906.

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