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Jersey Mike's opens

Sandwich shop takes over old KFC building

A Jersey Mike’s employee puts the final touches on a sandwich on Wednesday. It was the opening day and a long line was consistent through lunch. (Caitlin Yamada/ The Union)
A Jersey Mike’s employee puts the final touches on a sandwich on Wednesday. It was the opening day and a long line was consistent through lunch. (Caitlin Yamada/ The Union)
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WASHINGTON — The New Jersey Mike’s Subs was a popular place for lunch Wednesday afternoon. A line extended from the front to the back, full of customers excited about the new restaurant.

For the grand opening weekend, customers can help support the Washington Iowa Betterment Foundation.

The new sub shop has replace the KFC/Taco Bell that was located at 120 E. Jefferson St.

Mike Spiegel, area director for Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri, said it is the first shop the company has opened in a low density small town. So far, he has noticed everyone knows everyone, and it has been friendly.

“I think the town of Washington is going to be happy with Jersey Mike’s because we’re happy with Washington,” he said.

Spiegel said the corporate office is betting on how many subs the store will sell. The stores are benchmarked on how many total “giant” subs are sold, he said. The goal is 150 a day for every store.

He believes the store will surpass 200 subs on the first day.

“I am very happy with Washington,” he said.

The store managers Angie, Jim and Sherry, were a part of the store when it was a KFC. When franchise owners Kevin Schlutz and Michelle Hunt decided to make the switch, the managers stayed. The three spent 10 weeks in Kansas City training for the new store, Spiegel said.

Wednesday through Saturday, the store will have support from corporate employees. After that, he said the team will be on their own.

“Jim, Sherry and Angie are really good leaders and their team is going to be really good,” he said.

Wednesday through Sunday, the restaurant is holding a fundraiser to support the Washington Iowa Betterment Foundation.

Customers with a special fundraising coupon may make a minimum $2 contribution in exchange for a regular sub. Money can be donated in a box at the register all month.

“This fundraiser is to help the Washington Iowa Betterment Foundation; we will distribute thousands of coupons for free sandwiches with a $2 donation which all funds raised go directly to the charity,” Hunt said in a news release. “We also will have a direct mail piece for donations and in-store donations, we hope to raise a large amount of money for this great charity.”

On March 31, every store Jersey Mike’s will be participating in a Day of Giving.

That day, all profit from the Washington store will go toward the Betterment Foundation. Spiegel said the store employees picked the foundation to receive the donation.

Guests can place takeout orders in-store or for pickup through the website or on the Jersey Mike’s app. The restaurant’s hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.