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June 2018

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Elevate & Challenge


Jimmy John's - Bon-die Fortner

“I’m in a position where I can help entry level people with their careers. I’ve been in the restaurant business since I was 13 years old, I’m 30 years in. Because of the dynamic of everyone being first timers, there’s the need for good mentors and helping people along a good path; making them stronger and better at what they do. I really elevate it, I challenge my teams to do even more than what’s asked. We go above and beyond because I want to create a better class manager. Just being here to help, guide, and make them stronger. That’s my favorite part about it. It’s building a stronger individual and making their career more successful.”

- Bon-die Fortner, Regional Manager, Kansas City & Columbia, MO and Cincinnati, OH

Strive for Better


Jimmy John's - Gabby Cullen

"Don't ever lose hope. Always give people another chance. A lot of people succeed and fail, but keep giving chances; even 2nd and 3rd chances. I don't know how many times I quit Jimmy John's, came back, and quit again, and now I'm one of the top performing General Managers in the country. That's because no one ever lost hope in me. Don't lose hope in your store or your people. It can always get better. Strive for better. Do better."

- Gabby Cullen, General Manager, Kansas City, MO #2219

Perfect Bread Freak


Jimmy John's - Alfonso Fonseca

“You should see my bread. I’m not lying, it’s perfect. Even my wheat bread, it’s like perfect squares. Bread is my favorite thing to make in the store. I’m always taking pictures and comparing them. I never want a customer to think the bread is different day to day. They’ll notice it. They’ll feel it. So, I always make sure I’m serving the best of the best.” #FreakYeah

- Alfonso Fonseca, 2nd Assistant Manager, Arlington Heights, IL #748

Twins So Fast You'll Freak


Jimmy John's - Juan & Sal

"We enjoy being twins. You should see when customers walk in here. If I'm on the register and Sal is at the end of the line calling out sandwiches, they'll be like, 'How did you get down here so fast? Didn't you just take my money at the register?!' or if he's running a delivery, customers will see him run out the door, then come order at the register like, 'Didn't I just see you?' It's awesome having a twin brother, we really do freak people out." #FreakYeah
- Juan Masso (left), General Manager, Arlington Heights, IL #748

A Letter from our President & CEO


To our customers,

If you’ve ever wondered what makes Jimmy John’s so Freaky Fast®, you’re not alone. We are, in no uncertain terms, obsessed with the speed, quality, and freshness of sandwich-making.  

Jimmy John’s employees are at the store early every morning to bake fresh bread that is never served more than four hours after it is baked. We slice the lettuce daily into perfect, crisp 3/32-inch slices. 

If doing things the way we do things makes us freaks, well then, freak yeah, we’re freaks. We’re proud of it and we’re celebrating by launching a new campaign to let the world know about our freakish obsession.

Freaks care about things that regular people don’t even think about. What kinds of things? 

  1. We bake fresh bread in our stores all day, every day, and we don’t serve bread that’s more than four hours out of the oven.
  2. We use all-natural meats and fresh veggies. All-natural means our meats are minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients.
  3. Our cheese, veggies, and meats are all hand-sliced fresh daily – in every single Jimmy John’s location.
  4. Every day, we spend six hours prepping so we can make you a sandwich in 30 seconds.
  5. Jimmy Chips® are kettle-cooked in 100% peanut oil. Regular Jimmy Chips® and Thinny Chips® have three simple ingredients: potatoes, peanut oil and salt. That’s it!
  6. We have a cleaning list with 79 items that are performed daily because who doesn’t want to eat in a clean restaurant?

Visit us at Jimmy John’s and meet our awesome freaks.

All stores now have a new menu design to make it easier to choose your sandwiches and we’ve added these three new items to blow your taste buds away: 

  1. Kickin’ Ranch® – Made by hand in each store with fresh buttermilk and pureed hot cherry peppers – great for dippin’.
  2. Sliced Pickles – You’ve said you love JJ’s world’s best pickles, so now you can add sliced pickles to any sandwich as a freebie.
  3. 16” Giant Sandwiches – Freakishly hungry? We’ve added new giant 16” sandwiches to satisfy the biggest appetites.

Your support over the years has been amazing and we’ll never take that for granted. That’s why our freaks are always ready to keep freaking you out with the perfect sandwich.

Freak Yeah.™ 

So, come on by – we’ll show you Freaky Fast!®

James North – President and CEO

P.S. – Check out our new TV commercials starring some of our genuine, certified freaks doing their thing!