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Jimmy John\'s

Jimmy John's is a franchised sandwich restaurant chain founded by Jimmy John Liautaud in 1983 and headquartered in Champaign, Illinois, United States. In 30 years, the company has grown to more than 1,900 locations in 43 states.Jimmy John's has opened approximately 200 units per year over the past three years.As of 2013, 98% of the locations are franchise-owned.

History

The original Jimmy John's shop in Charleston, Illinois opened January 13, 1983

After Jimmy John Liautaud graduated second to last in his class at Elgin Academy (1982), his father gave him the choice to join the military or start a business. Liautaud eventually chose to start a business and accepted his father's $25,000 loan to start a hot dog business, with the son owning 52% of the business, and his father owning 48%.He soon realized that a hot dog business would cost more than he had, so he decided to open a sandwich shop.

Sponsorships

In 2009 and 2010, Jimmy John's sponsored Kevin Harvick in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.2011, Jimmy John's and Richard Childress Racing reached a multi-year agreement to sponsor Harvick for the Sprint Cup Series. The 2014 sponsorship continued with Harvick and the Stewart-Haas Racing team In 2010, Jimmy John's entered a UFC sponsorship with Brock Lesnar.

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