Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Jimmy John's Sandwich Chain Plans Waltham Location

Location of planned Jimmy John's sandwich shop at 475 Winter St Waltham
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, an Illinois based chain of more than 1,900 locations, is pursuing a new shop in Waltham.  A company source confirmed a location is planned for 475 Winter Street in Waltham, part of the retail plaza anchored by Bertucci's Italian Restaurant.  At least one other Massachusetts location is in the works for South Boston, which would be the first for the chain in Massachusetts.  The company has engaged a local attorney for the Waltham permitting process.

Boloco, a regional burrito chain headquartered in Boston, had hopes for a shop of its own at this location and presented itself before the City Council in 2012.  There were strong concerns from the Council primarily over parking at the site to accommodate a quick service restaurant.  Although the Council did not formally approve or reject the request for a Special Permit, Boloco ultimately decided to withdraw its plans to open in Waltham.  Given the similar business profile to Jimmy John's, it is unclear at this time if the issues that arose from the Boloco proposal have since been remedied.  Stay tuned for updates.

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