By: Ashley Waitkus | Category: Restaurants | Issue: January 2019
“At Jersey Mike’s, we think you should give for one reason and one reason only: to give. Our culture of giving at Jersey Mike’s is as much a part of our heritage as oil and vinegar. We believe that making a great sub sandwich and making a difference can be one in the same.” -Bobby Sanders, Owner
Jersey Mike’s Subs is known for the incredible, fresh sandwiches offered all around the country. The stores use only the highest quality ingredients available in the United States. Meats are sliced to order directly in front of you and grilled in store. Subs range in size from the “mini” 5-inch to the large 15-inch, and each order is expertly prepared and wrapped at the authentic East-Coast style deli. Subs ordered “Mike’s Way” include onions, lettuce, tomatoes, vinegar, oil, and spices, but the combinations you can choose from are endless. The store has been offering classic and creative subs since 1956 and now has over 1500 stores throughout the county, including the three Tulsa Hills, Broken Arrow, and Bixby stores owned by Bobby Sanders and Troy Redmon.
Offering only the best and freshest food for customers is an exciting part of the job for the team, but it is the family-like atmosphere and culture of giving that is most meaningful. “At Jersey Mike’s, we offer a sub above – one that’s measured in more than inches or seconds ‘til served. We carefully consider every aspect of what we do – every slice, every sandwich, every store – we provide our customers with sustenance and substance too” according to the company website. For Bobby, this means seeing his customers as one big extended family. “We love getting to know our customers and coming in to work every day to talk to our friends and family. Customers and employees become friends here. We want to know about little Suzie’s recital and Tommy’s T-Ball game,” Bobby shares. His enthusiasm is contagious, and the friendship and camaraderie between staff and customers are evident. Customers rave about the “sub-above” customer service. One repeat guest states “My Tulsa Hills store treats my family like family.” It is reviews like this that underscore the heart of the business. Bobby shares “we have a laid-back atmosphere, we care about people, and our customers love it. It’s why we have huge repeat customers. It’s what we are founded on.” The family-focused environment goes beyond knowing your favorite sandwich and sharing stories about piano recitals. Bobby and Troy’s shops, along with each of the other franchises, have a sincere dedication to the communities in which it operates. Family takes care of family, and for each of the shops, the community in which it serves is considered family. Each March, the old-fashioned store hosts what is known as the “Month of Giving.” Throughout the month, the stores invite you to come in for more than a made to order, high-quality sub. They invite you to come in and help give back to the community. Throughout the entire month, each store accepts donations from customers, staff, and visitors to give to an area non-profit. The last Wednesday of March, 100% of sales go directly to charity. “We don’t donate 100% of profits; we donate 100% of sales” Bobby shares. Every penny spent at the shops will go directly to a local organization on that day. Over the last several years, they average between $12,000 and $15,000 in giving for the day. Nation-wide, the company has raised over $28 million since 2010 alone through it’s “Month of Giving” program. The generosity continues year round, but by having a particular emphasis on the month of March, Bobby and Troy can include their community in the process by focusing on a specific charity and collecting donations throughout the month. Everyone needs a good lunch, and with the three convenient locations, everyone has an opportunity to stop by, enjoy a great sub, make new friends, and contribute to taking care of our Tulsa family.
Ashley Waitkus is a former mental health counselor and minister who has served in high trauma, high crisis environments for over 12 years. She has a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy; her passions include helping people heal, bringing others into a relationship with Christ, and attending festivals with her daughter.
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