BY BETHANY BUMP
Less than a year after entering the Albany market, Jimmy John’s has opened a third Capital Region location in Schenectady’s Upper Union Street neighborhood.
The national gourmet sandwich chain opened in Latham and Guilderland last summer. On Feb. 4, it opened in Schenectady at 1625 Union St., next to Hot Harry’s Fresh Burritos.
“We have a majority owner who used to spend summers in Niskayuna as a kid growing up with his aunt, so he was familiar with the area and liked the area,” said Paula Maloney, general manager of the new Schenectady store, on how the chain landed in the city.
The sandwich chain is fast expanding, with more than 2,000 stores across the U.S. Founded in 1983, the chain is known for its fresh sandwiches and subs made with daily fresh-baked bread. It became popular in college towns for its late hours and delivery option.
“[Union College] is nearby, and Union Street is kind of a hip, happening place,” Maloney said. “Jimmy John’s thought this was a good fit.”
The Schenectady store employs 25 people in about 3,800 square feet in the same building as Hot Harry’s near Keyes Avenue.
Headquartered in Champaign, Illinois, Jimmy John’s franchises its stores on a five-year lease with an option to renew. The three Capital Region locations all operate under different franchisees, Maloney said. She couldn’t say whether more Jimmy John’s locations are planned for the region.
“It’s our desire to expand, but we don’t have permission yet to open another one,” she said.
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