Jersey Mike’s Opens in Arlington Heights on Rand Rd Near Trader Joe’s Sept. 7 With Free Sub Fundraiser


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Jersey Mike’s Subs will officially open its doors in Arlington Heights next week. Jersey Mike’s owners, John Griparis and Jeff Berns, know the importance of community relations and will celebrate their new ties with the area when they hold their grand opening on September 7. This will be the fifth location that Griparis and Berns have opened in the Chicagoland area. They also operate a Jersey Mike’s Subs in St. Anthony Village, Minn.

Owners Celebrate with Free Subs

To commemorate the event, the new restaurant, located at 115 West Rand Road, is hosting a 5-day fundraiser from Wednesday, September 7 through Sunday, September 11, with proceeds supporting Saint Viator High School, St. James Elementary and Sockers FC Youth Foundation. Anyone who has a fundraising coupon can get a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution. Coupons are being distributed throughout the community and in local newspapers.

For Griparis and Berns, the choice of supporting the children of the community was never a question. “We cannot forget our youth. We must guide them and help them in anyway possible,” agreed Berns and Griparis. “The fact that we remain true to our roots of giving as much as we get has made the Jersey Mike’s journey truly worthwhile. Just seeing the smiles of hundreds — if not thousands — of people that we made a difference for is what it is all about,” said Griparis. Their charitable spirit is part of the Jersey Mike’s “sub” culture, where a passion for serving the community has always been a priority.

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. “At Jersey Mike’s, we believe businesses can only reach their potential when they give back to their communities,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO. “We congratulate John and Jeff on making a difference in their community and for opening their newest Jersey Mike’s Subs!”

“We are especially excited about the opening of this location in Arlington Heights because it is a tight-knit community with great roots — exactly the type of people we like to get involved with,” said Griparis. This connection to the people in the local communities is an important concept at Jersey Mike’s Subs. “The best part of my job is when I see the same families come in to our restaurants and they know my name, just as I know theirs,” Griparis said.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. You can contact this store directly at 224-735-3437.

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

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