2015 Top 100: Why Jimmy John's is the No. 7 fastest-growing chain

This is part of Nation's Restaurant News’ annual Top 100 report, a proprietary census ranking the foodservice industry’s largest restaurant chains and companies by sales and unit data, among other metrics.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches saw its domestic same-store sales grow 19.8 percent in the Latest Year, as it opened a net 307 units, giving it a total of 2,109 locations, of which all but 38 restaurants are franchised.

The chain was founded in Champaign, Ill., in 1983, by 19-year-old Jimmy John Liautaud, who started the concept by delivering to college students. Jimmy John’s hangs its hat on its affordability and spee

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