Jimmy John’s owner: We’ll still be here



Talk of putting the new Kent Municipal Courthouse at 303 E. Main Street won’t shut Jimmy John’s down.

“If it happens, we will relocate close to where we are,” said Chad Maag, owner of Jimmy John’s in Kent. “We will still be near campus.”

On Aug. 2, County Commissioners approved the site where Jimmy John’s and a vacant lot now stand on E. Main Street for a new courthouse. The decision came after months of deliberation and discussion between county officials and the City of Kent.

Maag said news of the approval has been misleading and no offers have been made to the landlord to purchase the property where the sandwich franchise now stands.

Maag added he will be meeting with Dan Smith, economic development director for the City of Kent, Wednesday to discuss where a new Jimmy John’s could be built.

“It will actually be a better location is my understanding,” said Maag.

Should Jimmy John’s have to change locations, Maag said the business would not be shut down.

“We will be servicing Kent State and the surrounding area without an interruption in service,” Maag said. “That’s part of the deal, that we won’t be closed a day. We’ll literally be moved over night.”

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