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Jersey Mike’s Moves Closer to Opening at The Highlands

Photo by Joselyn King The Ohio County Development Authority has approved a lease with Jersey Mike’s sub shops to locate a shop at The Highlands. It will be located between the Xfinty Store and Starbucks.

Hungry shoppers at The Highlands are closer to getting a taste from New Jersey to sample.

Jersey Mike’s is on track to open sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to Ohio County Commissioner Randy Wharton, also president of the Ohio County Development Authority. The OCDA approved a lease with Jersey Mike’s back in June.

The restaurant will be located in Building 4 at The Highlands along with the Xfinity Store, Starbucks and Chipotle.

County workers have completed the installation of utilities in the future Jersey Mike’s space, but have left the ceiling exposed so the company’s contractors can finish out the space. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is presently being installed.

“We have completed almost everything on our end,” Wharton said. “The lease we signed said we would turn it over to them on Oct. 29, and that is what we are going to do.”

Jersey Mike’s contractors will next come in and build out the space to their specifications. The work should take less than 60 days, Wharton said. Then county workers will return to install the drop ceiling.

Jersey Mike’s history dates back to 1956 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

The sandwich franchise lists 2,022 shops open across the nation, with another 242 “coming soon,” according to its website.

There are presently eight Jersey Mikes in West Virginia, with additional shops planned for The Highlands and in Martinsburg.

A Jersey Mike’s location also is listed as “coming soon” to the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville.

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