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Jimmy John’s to move downtown closer to campus in spring, will included walk-up window

University students will be able to get “freaky fast” service when Jimmy John’s moves closer to campus and the residential housing downtown.

The franchise, which is currently located by I-75 at 1616 E. Wooster St., will move to a N Prospect and Wooster street location in the upcoming spring. The new store will be across from Circle K on Wooster where the construction is currently taking place.

“We did do really well at (our current) location but our building is getting old so it’s remodel or move,” said Kristina Sharp, a Jimmy John’s supervisor, “Also, I think that we will do great down there because not only is our store moving but our delivery area will move.”

The restaurant already delivers to campus but doesn’t go past Main St. The new location will allow Jimmy John’s to reach more of the houses downtown that are rented by a majority of students during the school year.

Sharp said they are not worried about any competition downtown or about businesses like Dave’s Cosmic Subs recently closing.

“We’re (going to be) great,” she said, “We’re still going to be freaky fast.”

The convienence of the new location coupled with the new features the store will offer may sway people away from comparable businesses like Pita Pit and Subway, she said.

“We’re going to have a walk-up window there as well as outdoor seating with patio tables and chairs,” Sharp said, “Being close to the bars, [now] everyone can walk up and get a sandwhich,” she said.

Sharp may be right to feel confident in Jimmy John’s success in their new location despite the closer proximity of competition.

“I like Pita Pit a lot,” said freshman Markieshia Pressley, “But that will give me more options.”

Pressley said she is likely to give Jimmy John’s more business when it moves closer to campus.

“It’ll be in walking distance so I will probably just stop by a few more times,” she said,“I don’t really go there now.”

Graduate Student, Lucas Fullenkamp, said “it would be great” for him to have a Jimmy John’s closer to his house downtown, due to more convienence. The sub shop is in a category of its own compared to other businesses like it, he said.

“I think Jimmy John’s is kind of its own thing so they shouldn’t have to worry about (competition) too much,” he said. “People will go.”

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