Jersey Mike's Subs
|Founded||1956 in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey|
|Headquarters||Manasquan, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Peter Cancro, Mike Geissler Founders|
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|Parent||Jersey Mike's Franchise Systems Inc.|
Jersey Mike's Subs is a submarine sandwich, or "sub", chain headquartered in Manasquan, New Jersey. The Jersey Mike's franchise has more than 1000 locations open and in development across the United States.
At age 14, Peter Cancro of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, took a part-time job at Mike's, a neighborhood sandwich shop founded in 1956 and then on its third owner. When the shop went up for sale once again in 1975, Cancro's mother suggested he buy it. With help from a high school football coach who was also a banker, and his childhood friend, Mike Geissler, Cancro, then 17 and a high school senior, managed to pull together $125,000 in three days. Today, Cancro is the owner and CEO of the company, while Geissler operates as the company historian. .
Like the original Mike's store in 1956, each Jersey Mike's Subs serves submarine sandwiches made to order, slicing the meats and cheeses as needed. A popular way to top off the sandwich with condiments is to order it "Mike's Way", which involves sliced onions, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, oregano, salt (spices) and "The Juice" - a mixture of red wine vinegar and olive oil. There's also a signature cherry pepper relish.
Prospective store managers are sent to the location of the original store in Point Pleasant Beach for part of a six- to eight-week training course.
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