Jimmy John’s Field Trip
We set out to find out if Jimmy Johns was as good or better than Subway or other sandwich shops we have tried. Was it as good as everyone says? How does a restaurant like this become so successful?
Our stop at Jimmy Johns was a new experience for us. The shop has a fun atmosphere and special names for every submarine sandwich.
For example, one sandwich is called The Gut Buster. The sandwiches have a fixed description, and that is what is in the sandwich. You don’t really customize them, but you can add additional meat. This is the real secret to how fast you are served, no one is standing around deciding what fixings are going in their sandwich. Instead you choose the sandwich design from the menu that best fits your taste buds.
We let the children choose their sandwich, and choice of chips, and we all had waters to drink. The bread is very soft and fresh.
The room is decorated with signs on the walls with words of wisdom for life. My older boys laughed all the way through the meal while reading these signs.
For example, one sign was titled Rules of Life I have learned, and here are two of them “Under any circumstance, never take a sleeping pill and a laxative before going to bed” and many more that my kids laughed the whole way through the meal reading. They had funny signs and there was probably about 20 different signs posted around the room.
There were pamphlets on the wall encouraging those who would like to open a franchise to fill it out and contact Jimmy Johns. The kids decided we would pretend to open our own Jimmy Johns shop when we got back home. I will share more about this in a future post.
This field trip was a fun learning experience and the food tasted delicious. The kids got to figure out what all the hype was about and connected the dots from the funny videos they watched on youtube.
Once we got home, we looked up more information about opening a sandwich shop and the kids learned about opening a franchise, customer service, creating the ultimate sandwich, etc. We made our own versions of sub sandwiches. We researched Jimmy Johns specifically and found out lots of interesting facts. He has his own race team. The first Jimmy Johns was started in 1985 with a $25,000 loan. Now he own restaurants in 49 states across the country.
We are thankful we live in America where people can work hard and reach their goals. The kids are even more excited about what the future hold and are looking forward to our next great adventure!