New Rantoul Jimmy John's opens doors

RANTOUL — The village’s newest fast-food restaurant opened for business Tuesday morning.

Jimmy John’s, 710 W. Champaign Ave., began serving customers.

Patrick Wampler, a partner in Subwars, the company that developed the eatery, said it was scheduled to open about 11 a.m.

“The whole world’s welcome. Bring on everybody,” Wampler said.

Jimmy John’s will employ 42 in Rantoul, with two of them being full time.

Construction of the building, located on Rantoul’s west side on U.S. 136, began in April.

Wampler said there were few setbacks with construction as workers enjoyed good conditions after a slow beginning.

“It took a little while to get started, but once it did, things went well,” Wampler said.

“The weather in the spring was a little (uncooperative). It rained a lot, and then there were a few little construction delays. Once it got up and out of the ground, it happened quick.”

Wampler said people have been checking out the building, wondering when the business would open.

“We have been doing a lot of work the last couple of days, and people have been coming by” seeing if it was open, he said.

The new restaurant features a newer design than most other Jimmy John’s restaurants but will offer the same menu.

The free-standing facility encompasses about 1,500 square feet and has an outdoor patio area with several tables.

In addition to walk-up and drive-thru service, the restaurant will deliver and provide catering services.

Wampler is one of three partners in Subwars with Austin Apgar and Craig Neitzel. He said one of the partners bought the ground on which the restaurant was built, and the other two will pay him rent.

Subwars is also building a Jimmy John’s in Mahomet.

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