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Jimmy John's Owner Jimmy John Liautaud is Dealmaker of the Year!


Jimmy’s kind of a big deal! Earlier this month, Jimmy John's owner Jimmy John Liautaud was honored as "Dealmaker of the Year" by Franchise Times for landing the deal with Roark Capital. This prestigious award recognizes the boldest players driving growth in franchising. 

  Jimmy John's Owner Jimmy John Liautaud receives the Dealmaker of the Year award

The Jimmy John's deal was a 34 year overnight success story. 19 year old Jimmy opened his first Jimmy John’s Sandwiches sub shop in Charleston, IL in 1983. His Dad loaned him $25,000, and the menu consisted of 4 subs for $2.10 each and 25 cent Cokes. Jimmy bought out his Dad and repaid the loan in 1985, and has grown the company into nearly 2,700 stores across 43 states with sales of more than $2.5 billion. The Jimmy John’s brand employs nearly 150,000 Americans between both Jimmy’s and franchised locations and continues to grow every day!

What has made Jimmy John's such a success? According to Jimmy: "Success is about being effective in tough situations. You have to create a vision, organize a team, meet often, remove obstacles, then sit back and watch the business grow. It also means not being right all the time. Respect must be continually re-earned."


Jimmy John's Owner Jimmy John Liautaud with wife Leslie Liautaud at the Dealmaker of the Year awards


Read more about this exciting achievement on the Chicago Business Journal


It's all about the little things



"Jimmy John’s is all about the attention to detail. I’ve never worked for a company that cares so much about the little things. Every other job I’ve had, the culture was like, ‘eh, that’s okay’ or ‘that’ll be fine’. Other places do the bare minimum, but not Jimmy John’s. At JJ’s Certified Manager Training, I learned that if you take care of the small things, the big things will take care of themselves! That was an ah-ha moment for me because I’ve always been very organized and detail oriented, and want to do things the proper way every time. I took that message back to my team and I’m very proud that it has helped us meet JJ’s standards. It’s all about the small stuff.”

-Shawn Hood, General Manager, Pittsburgh, PA #2239

Mini Jimmy-cation: Chicago, IL St. Patrick's Day Edition


Time for a little fun in The Windy City! 🍀

Sure, summer in the city is...warm, but if you’re looking for a good time jam packed with all things green, you’ll wanna swing through Chicago the weekend before Saint Patrick’s Day. (and bring a parka!)

Every year, thousands of people visit to listen to bag pipes, drink lots of green beer and take in the sights of the city.

It’s such a big deal, that these dudes traveled from Philly to hang out in the beautiful 18 degree weather 😱

Jimmy Chips

And you know I wasn’t about to miss it either! 

So without further ado, here's the proper way to see Chicago while celebrating everyone's favorite Irish holiday!


1. Chicago Riverwalk

One of Chicago’s most famous traditions is the dying of the Chicago River to, you guessed it, green!

  Mini JImmys in front of the Chicago River

It takes about 45 minutes for the river to change colors, but it’s well worth the wait! Especially if you have a few subs to snack on before the action starts 😏 

Now, we’ve got some time to kill before the Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parade, which means it's for some sightseeing!

2. Millennium Park

Mini Jimmy in Millenium Park

Just up the road from the Chicago River walk is Millennium Park, which has it all- a stage for music, ice skating, a restaurant, fountains and one of Chicago’s most iconic art pieces, The Bean. (Insider's Tip: It's actually called Cloud Gate, but if you’re eating subs while gazing into it, who really cares?)

3. The Art Institute of Chicago

  Jimmy John's at the Art Institute of Chicago

If you need to warm up, and trust me, you will, pop in to check out the sweet art exhibits. It’s been voted one of the greatest museums in the world, so you won’t want to miss it! You can't take food inside, but we can go on a lunch date afterwards 😘

 4. Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Mini Jimmys Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade

Chicago loves Saint Patrick's Day so much, that they have three parades to celebrate- The Southside Irish Parade, the Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parade and the Northwest Side Irish Parade. And lucky for you, you can eat subs at any of 'em.


Image result for boondock saints gif saint patty's


and once you're ready to chill, you'll probably want to hit up one of Chicago's many Irish pubs and I'll be here for ya when you need to sober up. (and I deliver!)

Chicago Jimmy John's Locations

Build your bench



"When we opened our first JJ’s it was a totally new experience with a huge learning curve. My wife, Michelle, was the General Manager, I was the night manager, and we both got our butts kicked! Three months after we opened, Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer, which made the experience even more overwhelming. It’s been quite a journey, but in a way, it was the best thing that ever happened to us because we focused on what’s important. We realized we couldn’t keep running the store alone, so it forced us to train managers and build a team. Now, when people ask my advice, I tell them to start building your bench right away. You can’t do everything yourself. Your store will run more efficiently and effectively even when life hits! Eight years later, Michelle, Mark, and I have four stores and we’re lovin’ the JJ’s life!”

-Matt Spidell, Franchisee, Grand Junction, Clifton & Glenwood Springs, CO