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Jimmy John’s keeps growing in Albuquerque

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jimmyjohnThe West Side is about to get its first Jimmy John’s, and the surging sandwich-shop company may have several more Albuquerque locations on the way.

Jimmy John’s could open as early as next month across the street from Cibola High School (at 10260 Coors Bypass NW), according to franchisee Matt Gruber.

It will be the city’s fifth location.

All of the local sites are owned by either Gruber or Doug Adams, and both franchisees say they’re looking for new locations to continue the brand’s Albuquerque expansion.

Their specific targets include Uptown, San Mateo/Montgomery NE, Central/Eubank SE and Osuna/Jefferson NE.

The brand’s rapid growth in Albuquerque reflects larger nationwide trends. Jimmy John’s — founded in 1983 and first franchised in 1994 — has seen its store base more than triple in the last six years.

The company now boasts 1,750 sites nationwide, according to the corporate office. Entrepreneur magazine named Jimmy John’s No. 8 on its list of the fastest growing franchises.

“You know, people love it,” said Adams, who opened Albuquerque’s first Jimmy John’s two years ago off of Paseo del Norte at Holly Plaza.

The city’s other locations are at Wyoming/Academy NE, across the street from the University of New Mexico and in Downtown.

The company markets itself as “freaky fast” and offers delivery, which Gruber said represents “a significant part of the business.”

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