A 19-year-old Jimmy John Liautaud opened his first sandwich shop in Champaign, Ill., in 1983, and the Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches brand has since grown to more than 1,800 units in the United States. Liautaud, who in the beginning would deliver sandwiches to students, has said the concept offers a simple, straightforward menu of “six meats, one cheese, two breads and 23 different sandwiches.” Its bread is baked on the premises. Jimmy John’s prides itself on speed ...

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