Jersey Mike’s Subs: Business Profile

Jersey-Mikes-Logo-Color-JPEGBusiness Name and address: 
Jersey Mikes Subs
6284 East State Street
Rockford , IL

1513 West Lane Road(rt 173)
Machesney Park , IL

Frank & Sue Tarara Owners
Neil Orris (State Street Manager)
Ryan Hoskinson & Kevin Monyoya (Machesney Managers)

When was business first started?

It started back in 1956. Mike opened the small shop in the sea-side town of Point Pleasant, New Jersey. In 1972, Peter Cancro was a high school student in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. He began working at Mike’s Subs at the age of 14. Peter loved working at Mike’s. When Peter was a senior in high school, he overheard the owner of Mike’s Subs discussing selling the business. He thought to himself, “I love the food, I love working in the store, maybe I’ll buy the shop.” Pretty ambitious for a 17 year old kid. Peter approached his football coach and said “Hey coach, Mike’s Sub shop is for sale, and I’m interested in buying it. Can you help me out?” It didn’t hurt that his football coach was also a banker. The football coach came through for Peter, and backed his loan. So, at the tender age of 17 – before he was legally able to slice a sub – Peter Cancro became the owner and proprietor of Mike’s Subs. In the mid-eighties, Peter heard more and more people say, “Peter, we’re going to miss you and your subs this winter. We sure wish you would put a Mike’s where we live!” Peter began franchising. He changed the name from Mike’s Subs to Jersey Mike’s Subs to capture the authenticity of where the authentic sub sandwich was born.

Today, the authentic taste – served Mike’s Way® with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, oil, vinegar and spices – is available nationwide. Our secret? Everything about Jersey Mike’s is high quality. Our certified Angus Beef top rounds are trimmed and cooked right in the store. Our meats and cheeses are all top-quality premium brands. Our bread is fresh-baked each day on the premises. And of course, everything’s prepared right in front of you. It’s what makes Jersey Mike’s the most authentic tasting submarine sandwich available. And it’s a tradition of quality we’ll never outgrow.

What industry is business in? What do you offer?
Made to order fresh sliced and fresh grilled sub sandwiches

Any contributions to community?
Jersey Mikes is embedded in the community giving back to the community’s in which we serve.
The State Street store has strong ties with East High School and Holy Family School, as well as many other Fundraisers thru out the comunity
The Machesney Park location has strong ties to Harlem High school as well as many other fundraisers thru out the community

Contact information/social media
and you can find our local facebook page at

Anything else we should know as a community about your business?

Myself and my family are born and raised in Rockford and look forward to serving the community which we love so much!


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