New Jimmy John's in Washington could open this week

Marlo Guetersloh
wtr@timestoday.com
Jimmy John’s at Washington Road and Elgin Avenue has been under construction for most of the summer. Restaurant owner Chad Roepenack said his goal is to have the store opened by Tuesday.

Washington residents who wants sandwiches so fast they freak won’t have to wait long. 

Construction is wrapping up on a new Jimmy John’s sandwich shop at Washington Road and Elgin Avenue. 

Owner Chad Roepenack said he is hoping to be open by Tuesday but that could be pushed to later this week. 

“Oct. 28, that would be the earliest we could open the doors,” Roepenack said. “We’ve been wanting to come to Washington for awhile know.  It’s a strong community and can support a Jimmy John’s.”

Jimmy John’s sandwich chain started in 1983 in Charleston by Jimmy John Liautaud. Currently there are more than 2,000 stores in the chain. 

Roepenack owns other Jimmy John’s in central Illinois including Pekin, Morton, East Peoria and Lincoln. 

“Washington seemed to be the right fit considering some of the residents probably have been at our Morton and East Peoria stores before,” Roepenack said. 

East Jimmy John’s features fresh baked bread,  with fresh sliced meat and vegetables on sandwiches with names such as “Pepe,” “Big John,” “Vito,” and “Turkey Tom.”

The company’s history on its website, describes Jimmy John’s as, “The irreverent attitude, low price, great food and delivery with a smile remain the same, but what was once the bratty little brother of the sandwich industry is now the super cool older brother that everyone else wants to be.”

Roepenack said with Washington rebuilding seemed to be right time to open in Washington. Construction on the building started earlier this summer. 

“We hope we can spread some joy with our sandwiches as this town moves forward after the tornado,” He said. “And we will continue being involved in the growth of this community.”