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Posted on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 : 5:57 a.m.

Jimmy John's sandwich shop to open first location in Chelsea this month

By Lizzy Alfs

The city of Chelsea is getting its first Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich shop this month when a location opens on South Main Street in the Chelsea Courtyard.

The shop, located at 1149 S. Main St., will be open by the end of the month, said owner Cindy Coleman.


Jimmy John's sandwich shop is opening its first Chelsea location at 1149 S. Main St. this month.

Photo by Cindy Coleman

The Jimmy John’s is located in a 1,400-square-foot space formerly occupied by Hungry Howie’s Pizza. Other tenants in the Chelsea Courtyard include Blockbuster, China Garden, Fantastic Sams and H&R Block.

Coleman and her husband, Randy, signed a lease to occupy the space in March, after zeroing in on Chelsea for a Jimmy John’s franchise location.

“I think that there’s strong brand awareness in the greater Ann Arbor area,” Coleman said. “Plus, a lot of folks that work in Ann Arbor live in Chelsea. I think the community is growing and there’s room for our product.”

Coleman plans to hire 20 to 25 employees. She is hosting two hiring events to invite people to apply for a position. The first event is Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5-8 p.m. at the Key Bank in Chelsea. The second event is at the Jimmy John’s location on Sunday, Aug. 21 from 4-7 p.m.

There are six Jimmy John’s locations in Ann Arbor and one in Ypsilanti, according to the company’s website.

The first Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop was founded in 1983 in Illinois. Since its inception, the company has grown to more than 1,200 locations in 39 states.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Wed, Aug 24, 2011 : 3:24 a.m.

Kevin, the owner of Mike's knows my name and makes fresh and wonderful sandwiches and salads. I have tried JJ and was not impressed at all. I will frequent Chelsea's local businesses like Mike's Deli and the great auto parts shop of J and D across from Country Market. Support Local!

Robert D. Mosley

Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 1:54 a.m.

Mike's Deli should have nothing to worry about. My company had JJ's for a lunch and learn and it was awful. Long live the local businesses!

Matt P

Fri, Aug 19, 2011 : 2:46 p.m.

Jimmy John's is to Mike's Deli as Taco Bell is to Las Fuentes. There is room for both, and I know that I welcome it. If this location delivers like most do, it will be nice to be able to have something delivered in Chelsea that isn't pizza.


Fri, Aug 19, 2011 : 2:25 p.m.

"Wow look out Mike's Deli -" Heady99, as a resident of the village, I also share your concern about "big business" moving in to Chelsea and taking out the local mom & pop shops. I've ordered lunch from Jimmy Johns' (Ann Arbor and Ypsi shops) a few times, mainly out of convenience (stuck at work, forgot to bring my lunch). I guess at JJ's you get what you pay for, sometimes with a free "bonus", if that's how you want to look at it. Mike's Deli is SUPERIOR over JJ's, hands down. Never have found a "foreign/misplaced object" yet in any of Mike's menu items (#66 is by far my favorite!). Do I need to say more?

sun runner

Fri, Aug 19, 2011 : 2:24 p.m.

I will continue to patronize Mike's Deli as I can walk there from my house and the staff knows me by name.

Ron Granger

Fri, Aug 19, 2011 : 2:19 p.m.

Yuck. Their sandwiches are awful. Chelsea is fortunate to have Mike's Deli. They even use Zingerman's bread.

Homeland Conspiracy

Fri, Aug 19, 2011 : 2:15 p.m.

my condolences


Fri, Aug 19, 2011 : 2:17 p.m.



Fri, Aug 19, 2011 : 1:58 p.m.

We only have 6 here in Ann Arbor? Feels like more than that... I swear, JJ's is the Starbucks of sandwiches these days.


Fri, Aug 19, 2011 : 1:01 p.m.

Note to, there is no longer a Fantastic Sam's at that location


Fri, Aug 19, 2011 : 12:26 p.m.

Wow look out Mike's Deli - our city letting another big business come in and take out another local business. Feel sorry for the two auto suppliers in Chelsea as well having to deal with the big ole Auto Zone moving in. I understand we need to grow but is anyone thinking about the local businesses that have been here for years?