Illinois-Based Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches Ready To Open Two New San Diego Location

June 24, 2024

The Illinois-based sandwich chain with more than 2,500 locations, Jimmy John's is ready to unveil a pair of brand new San Diego outposts. 

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 in summer 2022 that Jimmy John's would be expanding into San Diego County and have since learned that franchisee Tali Burton, whose Burton Foods company operates more than a dozen Dunkin' Donuts locations around San Diego, has signed an exclusive contract to bring 27 branches of Jimmy John's to San Diego County. Burton will host the grand opening of the Carlsbad Jimmy John's, located at 7670 El Camino Real #102, on June 25, followed by the Escondido Jimmy John’s at 700 Centre City Parkway on Wednesday, June 26. 

During their respective grand openings, the restaurant will give the first 25 guests a card for free sandwiches for a year, and the first 250 patrons will receive a coupon for a free beverage and Jimmy Chips combo upgrade for use during their next visit. At both the Carlsbad and Escondido openings, Burton Foods will host a ribbon cutting ceremony alongside their respective communities.

Another combined Dunkin' Donuts and Jimmy John's is expected to open within Pacific Plaza shopping center in San Diego's Pacific Beach. 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.

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