Jimmy John's Sandwich Shop To Open More Than 20 Locations Around San Diego County

September 23, 2022

The franchisee behind the expansion of Dunkin' Donuts into San Diego has signed an agreement to bring more than 20 branches of Jimmy John's sandwich shop to America's Finest City.

Founded by Jimmy John Liautaud in Charleston, IL, in 1983, Jimmy John's Sandwiches now has over 2,700 locations in 43 states around the U.S., with 98% of them being franchises. Jimmy John's menu of signature and customizable sandwiches are made with homemade bread that is freshly baked every four hours and locally purchased veggies and all-natural meats that are hand-sliced daily.

We announced earlier this summer that Jimmy John's first San Diego County location would open at the new Paseo Artist Village mixed-use apartment complex in the North County community of Vista. We have since learned that franchisee Tali Burton, whose Inspire Brands company opened 15 Dunkin' Donuts locations around San Diego, has signed an exclusive contract to bring 27 branches of Jimmy John's to San Diego County.

Inspire Brands intends to open Jimmy John's fast-casual eateries all around San Diegon, including in Chula Vista, Eastlake, Encinitas, North County and in the beach areas. Like was done with Dunkin', Burton will partner with military bases to open Jimmy John's branches on military sites around San Diego. Jimmy John's serves a menu of "Freaky Fast" sandwiches, including the Spicy East Coast Italian with double Genoa Salami, double capicola, provolone cheese, hot peppers, sauce, lettuce, tomato, and onion; and the Jimmy Cubano with smoked ham, bacon, provolone, sliced pickle, mayo and dijon mustard. 

Jimmy John's has had a some controversies over the course of its near four decades tenure. In 2011, photos emerged of Jimmy John's founded posing with dead big game animals, including elephants, rhinos, lynxes and zebras, which resulted in viral criticism by animal rights groups. In early 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent an FDA warning letter to the company detailing evidence from five outbreaks of human infections with e-coli. The letter claimed that evidence demonstrated that the company engaged in a pattern of receiving and selling spoiled produce, specifically clover sprouts and cucumbers.

The first San Diego Jimmy John's location is anticipated to open in early 2023 at 501 South Santa Fe Avenue in San Diego's North County city of Vista. For more information, visit jimmyjohns.com.