Jimmy Johns

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  1. Jay_Clone

    Jay_Clone Member

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  2. nickwc

    nickwc Well-Known Member

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    thank you
     
  3. RayShimley

    RayShimley Well-Known Member

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    EXCELLENT! I will be at the Campus Town JJ's for lunch tomorrow.
     
  4. Al_4_State

    Al_4_State Well-Known Member

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    Anyone else think that JJ's quality suffered when it EXPLODED overnight from a college town only franchise, to doubling their locations within said college towns, and being available everywhere? It just seems like the meat and veggies aren't as fresh anymore. I still like Jimmy John's, but they just seem to have slipped.

    It's so weird, because when I started at ISU in Fall of '03, I hadn't ever heard of it, and only saw it in Ames and Iowa City between then and 2005. Then all of a sudden there were like 5 in Ames, and Jimmy Johns in a ton of towns. I've never seen a chain expand so quickly.
     
  5. JP4CY

    JP4CY Well-Known Member

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    I always thought it was better when it was in the old Dogtown store, and when Battles was down there it was better too.
     
  6. Jay_Clone

    Jay_Clone Member

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    I was never eating in Ames at a time where quality was a major concern.
     
  7. Frak

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  8. Frak

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    I agree. I think that it has fallen off a little. Still really good and still way better than Subway, but not as good as it was 5 years ago.
     
  9. josh777

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    I just can't figure out why the one on Main St. closed. That was my favorite to go to. Easily had the most room and best set up of any JJ location in Ames.
     
  10. GeronimusClone

    GeronimusClone Well-Known Member

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    Two out of three times the bread is rock hard.
     
  11. Al_4_State

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    Yup. I actually prefer the bread, and the editorial control at Subway. Well, the bread is more consistent at Subway. When JJ has good bread, it's great, but sometimes you're practically fighting with the bread. JJ's has better meat.
     
  12. Stewo

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    JJ's is meh at best. Very boring subs with little taste. Not worth the money, IMO.
     
  13. JRCampy

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    I haven't noticed the quality so much as the quantity. I don't know if it's me or what but it seems like their sandwiches are slowly shrinking while their prices slowly grow. When I was in school the bigger sandwiches were $3.75 and they're what, like $5.25 now?? Meanwhile I feel like there really is not difference in the quantity you get with the bigger sandwiches compared to the cheaper ones (not the slims). Could be just the old man in me starting to emerge...

    I ALSO remember you could get 3 Domino's Pizza's for $8.99 my freshman year, but that's a different story...:wink:
     
  14. Cloner97

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    They recently had one of these in Kansas City and there were people lined up out the door from 11-3, so you'd better get there early or be prepared to wait a while for your sandwich. No toppings or condiments I believe, which makes it faster
     
  15. aeroclone

    aeroclone Well-Known Member

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    This is correct. I heard people at the office mentioning lines out the door and around the store, but they also said that they had a ton of staff at JJ's and that they only waited about 10 minutes to get through the line. So by the sounds of things, it will look a lot worse than it actually is.
     
  16. ianoconnor

    ianoconnor Well-Known Member

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    Bump. $1 JJs today!
     
  17. ddisu

    ddisu Active Member

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    The best setup was on the corner of Welch at about 2 am.
     
  18. DMjazz

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    I don't know when JJs expanded to Iowa, but the franchises in Illinois were great in the 90s. The original JJs in Charleston, Il was the best by far.

    The one by Drake has the WORST service of any JJs I've ever been to and I've been to a ton of them.
     
  19. CycloneYoda

    CycloneYoda Well-Known Member

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    I delivered Jimmy John's on my bike for 9 months, and I can tell you from personal eye witness accounts, I have never sen more weed smoked on the job in my life. Drivers, managers, customers. They had this empty basement that was always in recreational use. Once a driver ate half of a magic brownie, got hungry, and ate the other half. He was on the road until almost 1 AM before anybody decided to take any safety measures.

    Don't even get me started on the owner. Can somebody explain why every two months or so the owner would enter the store with $2500-$3000 cash and tell you to ring up that much in sales? If this wasn't textbook money laundering, I have no idea what is.
     
  20. ddisu

    ddisu Active Member

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    That's better than what my friends and I came up with. We had to look up money laundering in the dictionary and we were trying to find a drug dealer. Should have went to JJ for some help.

    Isn't each store a franchise and owned by that individual? I went to college with a guy who was a manager on Main st and I think he now owns a couple (or did). He would fit that category pretty well.
     

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