Ormond Beach franchisee Steve Hole has had his eye on Palm Coast for a couple of years. Now, he is getting ready to open a branch of Jersey Mike’s Subs in the city.
At the current rate, Hole and his partners, George Ebbs and Ryan McLaughlin, will have seven total locations between Port Orange and Jacksonville.
But next year, the group intends to open another three shops, bringing their franchise total to 10.
Hole, McLaughlin and Ebbs’ first Jersey Mike’s opened three years ago, in Daytona Beach. They opened in Ormond the following year, at 1474 W. Granada Blvd. Their most recent location opened last week, in Jacksonville.
And so far, the partners say everything is going according to plan. Before the end of the year, they will open another Jacksonville location. They have signed a letter of intent on a property in Cobblestone Village in Palm Coast, and, pending negotiations of a lease agreement, will begin the construction process soon. Hole said he hopes the restaurant will open around the end of the year.
“It’s a captive market,” he said. “People in Palm Coast generally stay in Palm Coast and eat in Palm Coast. We’re excited about that market.”
Currently, Hole and Ebbs employ approximately 70 people at their five locations.
“Obviously, we wanted a return on our investment,” Hole said, adding that 10 openings was part of his and Ebbs’ commitment on purchasing the franchise. “But we wanted to do it with a company that was doing good things.”
On March 27, all 750 Jersey Mike’s locations will donate 100% of their sales to local charities, as part of the company’s Month of Giving initiative.
The Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach and Port Orange locations will donate their sales to Hugz for Bugz, a charity for families coping with childhood cancer. The Jacksonville locations will donate their sales to Big Brother and Big Sister of Jacksonville.
Hole estimates his five operating locations will donate a total of about $11,000 on that day, in addition to other money raised throughout the month.
Fuego to open during elevator installation
Nicolas Kimball hopes to open his newest restaurant, Fuego Del Mar Cantina & Grill, by the end of the month. But, because he was recently told he needed to install an elevator to his second-floor deck before using it, the initial opening will be just for dinner and just on the first floor of the restaurant, which is in Flagler Beach.