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|Jimmy John's New Galesburg Store Officially Open
|The newest chain restaurant in Galesburg touts "freaky fast" service -- and because of that, they only could make time for a "freaky fast" ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Members of the Galesburg-Area Chamber of Commerce formally cut the ribbon Thursday to mark the opening of the new Jimmy John's sandwich shop. The franchise is set up in the newly-rehabbed Weaver Main Street Center, and officially opened on Tuesday.
Sam Rinella co-owns the local Jimmy John's franchise, and tells WGIL he feels there are a number of factors that will make the restaurant successful.
"The idea of fast delivery and perfect bread goes a long way," Rinella said. "I really like the decor in here. People seem to like it, too. We've got plenty of seating, which will match really good for downtown lunches here, I think."
Rinella says both Weaver Center owner Gerald Weaver and the City of Galesburg have been very accommodating in getting Jimmy John's to open.
He says one of his biggest concerns about the store was solved nearly right away -- when aldermen a few months ago approved 20 spots in the city lot behind the store being two-hour parking.
All in all, though, Rinella says, if the first three days are any indication, Jimmy John's is in for a long run in Galesburg.
(Members of the Galesburg-Area Chamber of Commerce, Galesburg City Manager Dane Bragg, and co-owner Sam Rinella, left, cut the ribbon to formally open Jimmy John's Thursday.
(Employees of Jimmy John's busily make sandwiches Thursday following the store's ribbon-cutting.)
(Customers wait in line Thursday morning at Jimmy John's in the Weaver Main Street Center. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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