Jimmy Johns in Glendale

The Walters family, left to right, Jeff, Kelly, Zack and Nick, at Jimmy Johns in Glendale.

Goodbye Michigan winters, hello sunny Glendale.

The Walters family moved from Detroit to Peoria in June. Before the end of summer, they purchased not one but two Jimmy Johns franchises in Glendale: at 7708 W. Bell Road, Suite 105 and 18589 N. 59th Avenue, Suite 106.

“I was first exposed to the Jimmy Johns brand back in Michigan,” said Jeff Walters. “The local franchise teamed up with the local high school baseball team that I coached to help us raise funds for the upcoming season.

“Not only was I a fan of their sandwiches but I was impressed with their involvement in the community.”

 His sons, Nick and Zack, worked for various Jimmy John’s franchises in Michigan and Washington state as worked their ways through high school and college.  

“We always dreamed of running a business together as a family,” Jeff Walters said. “We looked at opportunities to open a franchise while we were in Washington state but it never panned out.”

The dream came true here, as Jeff, his wife Kelly and the two sons are working together on the two Jimmy Johns sandwich shops in Glendale.

“The past two months have been both exciting and challenging,” Jeff Walters said. “No two days are ever the same. You must be adaptable and ready to fill a big catering order that may be called in at a moment’s notice.”

He said it helps that he knows he can rely on his family for “the customer-first approach.” He’s a preacher of the Jimmy Johns philosophy: fresh-baked bread, “all-natural” meats, local produce.

“I also think the standard of giving that the company’s owner, Jimmy John Liautaud, started will make us a pillar in the local community,” said Walters.

“We have already teamed up Mountain Ridge High School Girls Golf team with a fundraising event.  We look forward to working with other groups in the community.”

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Glendale City Council recently approved a liquor license  for Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing Bar at 6751 North Sunset Boulevard, Suite E207.  

Lumberjaxes opened its second Valley location Oct. 9 in Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment District.