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Jimmy John’s Coming to Ballston

by ARLnow.com May 25, 2011 at 9:33 am 8,425 53 Comments

(Updated at 10:55 a.m.) A Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches store is coming to Ballston.

The restaurant will be opening next to a new Sandy Spring bank branch at 550 N. Quincy Street, adjacent to the still under-construction Founders Square office development.

No word yet on an exact opening date for Jimmy John’s, but it just posted a help wanted ad on Craigslist yesterday. The restaurant is seeking sandwich makers, delivery drivers and bike delivery riders.

This is Arlington’s second Jimmy John’s location. The first restaurant opened in Crystal City in November.

H/t to @andrewdobos. An earlier, erroneous reference to Super Pollo has been removed.

  • cj

    Are you sure Super Pollo isn’t coming there too? The space has been described as large enough for more than one eatery.

    • Anon

      Its finished and there are only two store fronts – one for the bank and one for a eatery.

      • That’s what we thought we saw as well, and where the confusion stemmed from on our end.

        • MAL

          I walked by the site this morning, and there appears to be three storefronts. Super Pollo, Jimmy John’s and Sandy Spring Bank.

  • Aaron

    Anyone eaten at JJ’s in Crystal City? Any good or just another boring chain deli?

    • Not4Me

      Had it once in Crystal City. Good sandwiches…nothing mind-blowing though.

      • CrystalMikey


        • Aaron

          JJ’s is many times better than Potbelly. I hope that this is close enough to the Ballston location to deal it a death blow.

          • Mike

            Agreed. I’ve never understood the fascination with Potbelly. JJ’s is way better.

          • bred

            No, 500 Quincy is too far to draw off any PB business. Also, I think that it is early to be opening retail at this location. Very industrial now; with the car dealership, the towing yard and body shops all within spitting distance.

          • Rick

            You don’t think a garage full of mechanics won’t fill that place every day?

    • charlie

      earnest staff, mediocre food at the one in Carlyle in Old Town.
      wouldn’t go back.

      • Mike

        I mean, it’s a place that makes good, fresh sandwiches, and pretty quickly at that. What do people expect, filet mignon on rye?

        Also, mmm french bread.

        • Michael


  • JamesE

    This is the greatest news I have ever heard in my entire life.

    • Rosslynite

      Some life.

      • rossl

        i’m with you JamesE

  • ArlingtonCountyTaxpayer

    So this space which was specifically set aside for a LOCAL BUSINESS is … NOT.
    I bet Super Pollo sold their lease for a nice kaching.

    • Rick

      Well it is a franchise…

  • Clarendude

    Who is actually going to own the building ? As I recall, the whole Founder’s Square deal depended on satisfying Super Pollo’s desire to stay on-site and the developer needed the land where they were to make the secure office building possible. I’m not sure if Super Pollo owned their building or had an ironclad lease. The new replacement building form (one-story, retail-only) was somewhat controversial as well, but that also it was said was done to satisfy Super Pollo. And now they are not coming ? I’m not that concerned and maybe Jimmy Johns is awesome, just curous about whether my recollection is correct.

    • ArlingtonCountyTaxpayer

      you bring up good questions and much of what you said is right. it is Arlington’s version of dirty politics and bad planning. which is lame and very boring by most standards.

  • Ashlawn Hill

    As the owners of 550 N. Quincy St. we would like to clarify that Sandy Spring’s Bank, Jimmy John’s and Super Pollo will be located in our building. So you will be able to get delicious sandwiches and amazingly good chicken while doing your banking if you so desire.

    We in the process of setting a grand opening at the building for both Jimmy John’s and Super Pollo. We will pass the date and details on to arlnow.com once we finalize the details.

    • Brandon C

      Awesome. Super Pollo is awesome on top of excellent. Don’t know anything about Jimmy Johns but it’s great to support local businesses that use fresh ingredients.

    • CW

      I’m sure Sandy Spring Bank will appreciate all the mayonnaise-and-chicken-fat-soaked checks and deposit slips!! 🙂

  • Joe Hoya

    Actually, the Super Pollo on Wilson has been around for a while — even before the one on Randolph Street closed.

  • Jay Jay

    I love, love, love Jimmy John’s! I eat at the one in Crystal City at least 3 times per week for lunch or dinner. I moved here from Atlanta, where there are Jimmy John’s restaurants everywhere…I was uber excited when they were opening the one in Crystal City close to my house. They literally make your sandwich in 10 seconds or less and it is delicious!

  • Cakes

    Wish it was a Littlejohn’s instead…

    • Hokay!

    • SEAS89

      I’ve eaten a few Zonkers but I went to Wayside Deli more.

    • barlington

      i want a wild turkey right now

  • Henry Spencer

    IIRC, there was a JJ’s in Ballston at Quincy & Fairfax that failed pretty quickly.

    • JamesE

      that was Jackson’s Roasting & Carving

  • CW

    Ahh, it all makes sense now! I posted on a thread about the Founder’s Square site a couple months ago wondering why in the world there was a giant window cling of a roast beef sandwich in a building which only advertised having Super Pollo! I guess Jimmy John’s started building up some subliminal hype without making an official announcement.

    I’m neutral to Jimmy John’s. It’s mostly cold subs that aren’t very remarkable. It’s also one of those chains, like Pita Pit and Wings Over [Insert Town Name] that predominantly seems to exist in college towns.

    I do wonder about the owners of the place where Super Pollo currently is. That strip mall was built brand new and I’d imagine that there was a good deal of customization needed to accomodate the pollo a la brasa cooking equipment. I wonder if those owners knew that Super Pollo would be jumping ship in a couple years? I mean, SP would have known, but if they got the lease right they could have signed it without letting on to the building owners.

  • Aaron

    Scott — I think you should note at the top of this article that is has been corrected, not just updated. It adds to transparency as also many comments on the thread now seem out of context.

  • NOVApologist

    Who exactly owns Super Pollo?

  • Suburban Not Urban

    I grew up hearing from Dad about a place called Jimmy John’s near West Chester, PA – their hook was a model train running around the resteraunt seating at the cieling line – and had been in buisness since the 40’s. Alas the company openning this doesn’t seem to be that one – too bad they had good dogs.

  • Vik

    I used to eat at Jimmy John’s regularly in college and while I’m not as big a fan of it as some are, I think it’s great to have another relatively cheap food option nearby. It would be great if they stay open late, too.

  • brad

    they deliver so fast you’ll freak!

  • lindsay

    JJ is amazing. It’s about time they came to Arlington. Everything is super fresh.

  • Hurley

    Finally! Jimmy Johns in Blacksburg is delicious I can’t wait for them to be here. This is the greatest thing to happen to me since Front Page opened.

  • Andy

    Sorry to be dense — I’m totally confused. Will or won’t there be a Super Pollo at this site, in addition to JJs? It seems that Ashlawn Hill’s message establishes without a doubt that there WILL be a Super Pollo, but the article and some comments posted after Ashlawn Hill still seem confusing. I love Super Pollo, but I doubt any new site can compete with the atmosphere of the old converted Roy Rogers where they used to be.

    • Ashlawn Hill’s comment is consistent with building permits that I’ve pulled up online, but I cannot confirm their identity as the owner of the building.

      • So yes, it does appear that there will be a Super Pollo somewhere in the building.

  • Arlingtonian

    Jimmy John’s is good. Nothing spectacular, but good. I used to get late night munchies at the one in Blacksburg when I lived there several years back.

  • RakSiam

    just what we need, yet another sandwich shop. How do they all stay in business?

  • MC

    A bit unrelated: what’s happening with the construction at the neighboring American Service Center?

    Also, when’s that $6 million park across the street going to be built? I have trouble imagining something so expensive.

  • nota gain

    there was another sandwich shop, reviewed by TS of the Post who gave it a very good review. Where is it not? Not a good location regardless if product is good or not.

  • SD

    FYI- opened last Tuesday!

  • Northern Virginia

    Avoid like the plague! Customer service and food at this franchise is terrible. This franchise makes the Jimmy John’s name look bad.

    • Mike

      Hey Keith, good to see you online again!


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