Michael Stemler, manager of a new Jersey Mike’s Subs franchise opening in North Suffolk, says the eatery is giving away up to 10,000 subs in return for a $1 donation to Northern Shores Elementary School and the USO of Hampton Roads.
Michael Stemler, manager of a new Jersey Mike’s Subs franchise opening in North Suffolk, says the eatery is giving away up to 10,000 subs in return for a $1 donation to Northern Shores Elementary School and the USO of Hampton Roads.

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Eatery offers free subs for charity

Published 9:27pm Monday, December 2, 2013

A new franchise eatery opening in North Suffolk on Wednesday is giving away up to 10,000 subs for a $1 donation to Northern Shores Elementary School and the USO of Hampton Roads.

Jersey Mike’s Subs franchise owners Martin Anderson and Clark Stallings, plus manager Michael Stemler, say the fundraiser offer will continue through Sunday.

The new restaurant, at 6216 College Drive, will sell fresh Jersey Shore-style subs, and the fundraiser giveaway includes regular subs.

“Suffolk is a very tight-knit and well-connected community, which makes it the perfect home for Jersey Mike’s,” Stemler said.

“We are committed to a philosophy which began years ago with our founder and CEO, Peter Cancro … to make a difference in every community we serve.”

The idea is to give back to youth and military members living in the eatery’s surrounding area, he said.

“We believe it is so important to support the education of our youth and, of course, give back to military personnel who have already given so much for our nation.”

Stemler credits his preschool teacher wife for Northern Shores being named as one recipient of the fundraiser.

“My wife is a preschool teacher, so she has a big heart for the kids,” he said. “We always try to pair up with a school, and they are close to here. Elementary school is really important for kids developmentally.”

Supporting the USO was a no-brainer, he indicated, given North Suffolk’s close military ties.

Formed in 1941 in response to a request from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the USO seeks to enhance the quality of life of military members and their families and forge a cooperative relationship between military and civilian communities.

To get a free sub — in exchange for the $1 donation — customers will need to come to the store with one of 10,000 coupons being circulated throughout the community.

Jersey Mike’s says it has raised almost $7 million for local charities at its locations throughout the country, giving away more than half a million free subs along the way.

The eatery prides itself on fresh ingredients, signature olive oil blend, vinegar and spices, private-labeled meats and cheeses sliced fresh for each sandwich, and bread baked on the premises.

It also says it is known for fast service and “trademark neighborly banter served up by a high-energy Jersey Mike’s team.”

Store hours in North Suffolk will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

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