Start a Jimmy John's franchise

Start a Jimmy John’s franchise

We are over 2,700 units strong and offer plenty of space to grow.

Jimmy John’s specializes in sandwiches and delivery – and fast! Our natural meat * and vegetables are cut by hand in-house every day, and our bread is freshly baked all day long. We spend 6 hours every day cutting and baking 30-second sandwiches for our customers. With the preparation behind us, our system is designed to run quickly and without errors.

We keep it simple – from our menu to marketing to franchise management. No one else is as efficient, effective, or consistent as JJ’s when it comes to delivering a freshly cooked meal for less than $ 20.

About Jimmy Johns

Jimmy Johns opened his first store in Charleston, Illinois in 1983. By 2002, Jimmy Johns had grown to 160 locations, the vast majority of which were operated by Jimmy John’s franchisees.

As one of the fastest growing restaurant chains in America, Jimmy John’s currently has more than 2,700 units in 43 states and plenty of room to grow.

In October 2019, Jimmy John’s joined the Inspire Brands family of restaurants, which also includes Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Rusty Taco and SONIC Drive-in.

Thanks to the power of Inspire, Jimmy John’s can leverage the company’s combined resources to provide support to its franchisees in all areas of their business, from supply chain to sales to third-party delivery partners.

About Inspire Brands

Inspire Brands is a multi-brand restaurant company whose current portfolio includes more than 11,000 locations worldwide from Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, SONIC Drive-In, Rusty Taco and Jimmy John. The company was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.


Jimmy Johns requires our franchisees to meet the following criteria in order to own and operate a Jimmy John business:

  • Liquid capital: $ 200,000
  • Net worth: $ 1,000,000
  • Franchise fee: $ 30,000 to $ 35,000 per store
  • Cost range for the initial commissioning: $ 313,600- $ 556,100
  • License fee: 6%
  • Advertising fee: 4.5%
  • 2019 System-wide AUV: 759,149 USD *

And most importantly, we are looking for real people who like our food and are willing to do anything to make great sandwiches for our customers. Someone who has ambitions to develop multiple units and is willing to go beyond that.

Franchise support

Once you become a Jimmy John franchise owner our team is here to assist you throughout the process. We offer support in real estate, construction, training, marketing, operations and purchasing.


Our real estate team will work with you throughout the site selection process until you have signed a rental agreement for your site.


We provide you with the tools you need to build, remodel or move your business.


Our training program consists of classroom and in-store training and 4 weeks of hands-on management experience for brand new franchisees. Trainees are familiar with all aspects of running a business, from baking bread and slicing vegetables to learning how to deal with food costs and finances.


We’re here to help you plan and run marketing programs locally and nationally. We’ll help you buy media, local advertising, social media, customer service and PR.


In the first week your store is open, we will send an opening specialist to provide additional assistance.

After your business opens, members of our Field Sales Force team visit your business on an ongoing basis to provide support and feedback, to ensure your business is operating according to Jimmy John’s branding standards, and to share the experiences of the best operators in the chain with you .


The purchasing team works with our suppliers to ensure that your store receives the highest quality products at the best prices. They also manage our nationwide distribution network, do research and development, and make sure you get the best possible prices on the inventory you need to run your business.

Follow the link and fill out the application to apply to become a Jimmy John Franchise Owner!


Please request information below to learn more about what it takes to own your very own Jimmy John!

* The figure reflects the system-wide average gross sales of 2,675 affiliated and franchise restaurants that were open for the entire period from January 2, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Of those 2,675 restaurants, 1,144 (43%) had higher sales. The results for 2020 were influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please see Item 19 of our Franchise Disclosure Document dated April 24, 2020, as amended July 24, 2020. The results of a new franchisee may differ from the performance shown. There is no guarantee that you are taking this risk as well as you must accept. * All natural means that our meat is only processed minimally (with the exception of the caramel color on roast beef) and contains no artificial ingredients.

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