Jersey Mike’s Subs is set to make its debut in Lebanon County.

A franchise of the fast-growing chain has committed to a lease in Quentin Crossings, Brian Musser, owner of Musser’s Inc., confirmed.

Under construction at 1960 Quentin Road, North Cornwall Township, Quentin Crossings will be anchored by 7 Cuz Beer Store, which is owned and operated by Musser’s Inc. The real estate side of Musser’s is developing and building the five-unit, mini strip mall.

“We are extremely excited to have Jersey Mike’s in Quentin Crossings!” Musser told LebTown in an email. “We feel that they will be a good fit for Lebanon.”

Adding a popular Jersey Mike’s franchise – the first in the county – will “give the Lebanon community more eating options,” he said.

As long as supplies and materials come in as scheduled, Musser said, Quentin Crossings is expected to be completed early next year. He said 7 Cuz Beer should also open around that time.

The store is moving from 1740 Quentin Road in the Cedar Crest Square shopping mall to its new digs.

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The Jersey Mike’s franchisees are Matt and Kristie Patterson, who own nearly 20 stores in central Pennsylvania.

“We have locations in Harrisburg, Lancaster and York, so Lebanon seems like a natural fit to fill in the gaps,” Matt Patterson responded via email. “Also, I have driven the area many times and (it) seems like a wonderful community where we can make a positive impact.”

The Pattersons hope to open the Jersey Mike’s at Quentin Crossings in late spring of 2022, he said, “if construction stays on schedule.”

In 2018, Jersey Mike’s named the couple Multi-Unit Operators of the Year.

A March 2018 press release on the Pattersons’ opening their Lancaster store at 1581 Fruitville Pike called them “exemplary Jersey Mike’s franchise owners who (share) the company’s commitment to quality products and exceptional customer service, and who are dedicated to giving back to the local community.”

Adam Hagerman, of Bennett Williams Commercial, one of the listing agents for Quentin Crossing, said, “We are excited to have Jersey Mike’s as part of the tenant lineup. … They’re obviously a great tenant and will bring a lot of traffic to the project in a positive way.”

Three units still available

Quentin Crossings offers “a great opportunity for tenants to be part of the growing south side of Lebanon,” Hagerman told LebTown. “We’re working with a few groups for the remaining vacancies – nothing we’re in a position yet to announce.”

7 Cuz Beer will occupy the 7,264-square-foot middle unit in the L-shaped building, and Jersey Mike’s will fill a 1,700-square-foot end unit. Musser said the plan is for Jersey Mike’s to feature a pickup window.

The other three spaces available for lease are 3,000 square feet, 1,800 square feet (with pickup window) and 1,700 square feet.

Quentin Crossings is next to Members 1st Federal Credit Union, Dunkin’, Mattress Firm and Tractor Supply Co.

A Bennett Williams brochure noted that the retail center, on 2.6 acres, is “shadow anchored” by a new Target coming in and a Lowe’s home improvement store.

“The parcel offers access and visibility along Quentin Road,” the brochure states. “The site is perfect for any (kind) of restaurant, retail or commercial user looking to enter the Lebanon market.”

Cedar Crest Square, Lebanon Plaza and Lebanon Valley Mall are nearby. Bennett Williams called Quentin Road a “main north-south thoroughfare” and said major employers such as Cornwall-Lebanon School District, WellSpan and Lebanon Valley Medical Center will bring in traffic.

The brochure said almost 150,000 people live within a 10-mile radius of Quentin Crossing, as well as a labor force of nearly 120,000 with an average household income of $74,428. More than 11,500 homes have been added to the area since 2000.

Starting with a store at the Jersey Shore

What would eventually become the Jersey Mike’s franchise began with a single store, Mike’s Subs, which opened in 1956 in the seaside locale of Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

In 1971, Peter Cancro, the current CEO of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems Inc., became the proprietor and owner of Mike’s Subs at age 17. He began franchising in 1987.

Today, there are 2,045 Jersey Mike’s in the United States (2,047 worldwide) and 252 in the pipeline, according to the company’s website.

A September article in QSR Magazine, “Culture fuels Jersey Mike’s rise to the sandwich elite,” noted that the company’s annual “Day of Giving” raised more than $16 million for local charities.

The business ranks seventh in Entrepreneur’s 2021 Franchise 500, growing 37.9% over the last three years.

According to Restaurant Business Magazine, which ranked Jersey Mike’s 40th in its Top 500 chain restaurants for 2021, the company had almost $1.6 billion in U.S. sales in 2020.

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Paula Wolf worked for 31 years as a general assignment reporter, sports columnist, and editorial writer for LNP Media. A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, she is a lifetime resident of Lancaster County.