By Kevin Kelley
The coupons offer quite a deal – one regular-size subway sandwich for a $1 donation to either the Fairview Park Municipal Foundation or the Rocky River Education Foundation. It’s so good a deal that the coupons have become scarce.
About 9,000 coupons were distributed to the public through municipal outlets, such as the Fairview Park Gemini Center, to promote the grand opening of the new Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurant at Westgate. Located next to Starbuck’s, at 20647 Center Ridge Road, the restaurant opened Wednesday.
Franchise owners John Lescher, of Sheffield Village, and Sean Getty, of Avon Lake, met with Fairview Park Mayor Eileen Patton and Rocky River Mayor Pam Bobst a few weeks ago to ask what local charities they could contribute to. Patton suggested the Fairview Park Municipal Foundation, the nonprofit organization that runs Summerfest, the community festival that takes place at Bohlken Park June 27 to 30. Bobst suggested the Rocky River Education Foundation. Both mayors attended a grand opening ceremony Wednesday.
Lescher and Getty said Jersey Mike’s franchises often conduct charity fundraisers in association with their grand openings.
“One of the reasons we chose Jersey Mike’s is the way they give back to the communities,” Lescher told West Life.
Friends since childhood, Lescher and Getty both attended Elyria Catholic High School and The Ohio State University. Lescher said the two chose Westgate for the site of their first franchise because of its location, which serves both Fairview Park and Rocky River.
Besides the two co-owners, the Westgate Jersey Mike’s employs 14 people.
“We plan to open multiple locations,” Lescher said.
As of late Wednesday afternoon, a limited number of coupons were available at Fairview Park City Hall, 20777 Lorain Road, and the Gemini Center, 21225 Lorain Road, for Fairview Park residents, Patton said. A limited number are also available at Rocky River City Hall, 21012 Hilliard Blvd. The coupons for the $1 subs are valid through Sunday, June 9.
If you can’t get your hands on a coupon, don’t fret. Lescher said the franchise plans to mail advertising magnets that include coupons to nearby households.
Launched in New Jersey in 1956, the restaurant chain has more than 600 locations across the United States.