Jimmy John’s to open in Olympia

Restaurant known for fast delivery of sandwiches

rboone@theolympian.comDecember 4, 2013 


Kelly Wolff, owner of the franchisee of Tacoma's first Jimmy John's sandwich shop. (The News Tribune file, 2011)


Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is coming to Olympia. The restaurant is known for the quick preparation and delivery of its sandwiches, the co-owner and operator of the business said Tuesday.

Adam Teske and friend and business partner Ryan Wildy, both of whom started working for Jimmy John’s when they were students at the University of Illinois, are aiming to open the business at 4530 Martin Way E. in late February.

The 1,650-square-foot location will employ 30, have a drive-up window and also will occupy a site in front of the Ramada Hotel Olympia.

Two buildings are under construction at that site: one is for Jimmy John’s, while the other will be occupied by Impressions Dentistry and a future tenant, said Joni Baker, associate broker with commercial real estate business Prime Locations of Lacey.

This is the first Jimmy John’s in Thurston County, although the business has several locations in the Puget Sound area, including in Tacoma and Puyallup.

The restaurant emphasizes fast and consistent service, Teske said.

Sandwiches are made in less than 30 seconds, he said, largely because the restaurant uses the same key ingredients — a choice of two breads, one cheese and six meats — for its 27-sandwich menu.

Two of its more popular sandwiches are the No. 9 Italian Night Club and the No. 12 Beach Club, Teske said.

He said a basic sandwich costs $4.99.

Teske began working for Jimmy John’s part time when he was a student at the University of Illinois in Champaign, about two hours south of Chicago. It’s also the location for the company’s corporate offices.

Teske said he fell in love with the culture of the business and its “orchestrated hecticness,” eventually encouraging his friend Wildy to join the business as a delivery driver.

Teske said the two had very different careers in mind — Teske at one time wanted to be a stockbroker — but they decided to join the corporate offices of Jimmy John’s instead.

They started in marketing, then became franchise consultants before deciding four years ago to open their own franchise.

“We’ve been working hard to make it happen ever since,” he said.

Company travel to the Northwest influenced their decision to open a Jimmy John’s in Olympia, Teske added.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 rboone@theolympian.com

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