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Jimmy John’s in downtown Belleville closes

Jimmy John’s closes downtown Belleville location

The downtown Jimmy John's sandwich shop in Belleville has closed. Workers cleaning up the location said Tuesday was the last day.
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The downtown Jimmy John's sandwich shop in Belleville has closed. Workers cleaning up the location said Tuesday was the last day.

The freaky fast sandwiches in downtown Belleville are gone.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches at the corner of East Main and High Street has closed. Tuesday was the last day for the business according to workers cleaning out the downtown location next to the future Escape 618.

Workers were carrying out equipment of the space that is now without tables, had taken down the Jimmy John’s signs and had covered up the windows.

Nathan Louer, the director of consumer engagement for Jimmy John’s, said the lease on the downtown location has expired, and the franchise owner is looking for a new site.

A store typically employs anywhere between 25 and 40 people, but the exact number can change often, Louer said.

Louer added the franchise owner has more than 10 stores in the area, and “the employees have many other places where we can gladly continue their employment.”

Joseph Bustos is the state affairs and politics reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat, where he strives to hold elected officials accountable and provide context to decisions they make. He has won multiple awards from the Illinois Press Association for coverage of sales tax referenda.

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