East Coast Sub Sensation Opened First Location In Coon Rapids

Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled East Coast-style subs, officially opened its doors in Coon Rapids on April 18.  Franchise owners John Griparis and Jeff Berns held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, April 18 to Sunday, April 22 to support Coon Rapids High School, Anoka High School, Coon Rapids Middle School and Sand Creek Elementary School.

The new restaurant, located at 3473 River Rapids Drive NW, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community, which offered a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Coon Rapids High School, Anoka High School, Coon Rapids Middle School and Sand Creek Elementary School.  To add the element of competition, Griparis and Berns also provided each school with “Free Chip and Drink” coupons (with purchase of any sub).  The coupons were redeemed from Monday, April 23 through Sunday, April 29.  For each coupon turned in, $1 was donated.  Jersey Mike’s matched the earned amount for the school with the greatest participation, relative to its enrollment size.

Started at the Jersey Shore in 1956, Jersey Mike’s continued its steady growth in 2011 opening 69 new restaurants throughout the country, a 15 percent increase overall.  The popular sub shop wins best sub awards in virtually every market it enters.

John Griparis and Jeff Berns exemplify Jersey Mike’s quest for excellence as it selects franchise owners who share the company’s commitment to quality products and exceptional customer service and who are dedicated to giving back to the local community.  In 2011, locations throughout the country raised more than $2 million for worthy local charities and distributed more than 200,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.

“Jersey Mike’s has allowed us the opportunity to make a great impact on our community,” said Berns.  “Partnering with four schools is a great way for us to connect with local residents and form relationships with students from kindergarten through 12th grade.”

Passionate Jersey Mike’s fans crave their subs made Mike’s Way™ with onions, lettuce, tomatoes and a signature blend of olive oil, red wine vinegar and spices.  The company uses only private labeled meats and cheeses that are sliced fresh for each sub sandwich and piled high on in-store baked bread.  Everything is quickly made to order for each customer, just the way the first subs were made at the original Jersey Mike’s more than fifty years ago.  The Jersey Mike’s experience always includes its trademark neighborly banter served up by a high-energy Jersey Mike’s team.

This is the 11th Jersey Mike’s location for John Griparis and Jeff Berns.  In September 2004, they opened their first Jersey Mike’s location in St. Anthony Village, MN.  Both Griparis and Berns are Area Directors for Jersey Mike’s in Minnesota.  They are currently seeking out additional franchise partners to increase the prevalence of Jersey Mike’s in the region.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days a week. You can contact this store directly at (612) 362-7827.

Jersey Mike’s, a sub sandwich franchise with more than 600 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 www.jerseymikes.com.