Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

2015 Franchise 500
At a Glance

Products & Services: Gourmet sandwiches

Number of Locations: 2,286

Total Investment: $323K - $544K

Founded: 1983

Began Franchising: 1993

About Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

James J. Liautaud founded Jimmy John's in Charleston, Illinois, in 1983 when he was 19 years old. With used equipment, a refrigerator, one meat slicer, a freezer and an oven, Jimmy John Liautaud started his business without even a posted menu or an outdoor sign. At the time, he offered four sandwich varieties and 25-cent soft drinks. After passing out sandwich samples throughout the college town, Liautuad added delivery service, tables, outdoor signs, menu boards and an expanded menu. He opened several more stores and developed a prototype before franchising began in 1993. Jimmy John's franchisees bake bread at each store every day, and every sandwich is made fresh to order in 30 seconds.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2015 2,238 0 0 48
2014 2,043 0 0 38
2013 1,744 0 0 28
2012 1,425 0 0 26
2011 1,202 0 0 26
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $323,000 - $544,000
Franchise Fee: $35,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 6%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $300,000
Liquid Cash Available: $80,000
50% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 20. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed..
Financing Type In-House Third Party
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: 7 weeks for general managers; 3 weeks for assistant managers
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #6 (2015), #5 (2014), #12 (2013), #22 (2012), #38 (2011),
Fastest-Growing: #4 (2015), #8 (2014), #8 (2013), #11 (2012), #15 (2011),

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