Sandwich shop chain cuts Carytown location

Signage was removed earlier this month from the Jimmy John’s sandwich shop at 3314 W. Cary St. in Carytown. (Mike Platania photo)

For the third time since the start of the pandemic, a national restaurant brand has exited Carytown.

The Jimmy John’s location at 3314 W. Cary St. closed in recent weeks. The Illinois-based hoagie chain had been in the space since 2014.

The closure comes about a year after Jimmy John’s went under new ownership. Last October, it was sold to Inspire Brands — a parent company that also owns Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic and Rusty Taco.

Inspire did not respond to requests for comment.

The Carytown location was a franchise originally opened by local attorney Gray Broughton, who had several other locations in the region, including one in Shockoe Slip and on Franklin Street near VCU. Reached Thursday, Broughton said he sold his Jimmy John’s holdings to another unnamed franchisee in 2015.

The 2,300-square-foot space on West Cary, flanked by spa StylePod and Virginia Veterinary Centers, is being marketed for lease by Thalhimer’s David Crawford.

The Jimmy John’s website lists nine locations in the Richmond region.

It’s the third national brand to close a location in Carytown during the pandemic. In June, both Panera and Dunkin’ closed their shops in the neighborhood.

Meanwhile, another national chain is preparing to enter Carytown a few blocks west. Publix, the anchor tenant of the 120,000-square-foot Carytown Exchange development, plans to open by the end of 2020.

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Justin Reynolds
Justin Reynolds
29 days ago

I never understood how they stayed open for 6 years given how little foot traffic I saw there. Places like here and subway haven’t adapted well to changes in taste.

Charles E Thompson
Charles E Thompson
29 days ago

This location never had a following. I have thought for quite a while that Carytown is loosing it’s appeal. No foot traffic during the week, only on weekends and this is during good times. Too many restaurants and now with that big eye sore that will host Publix it will loose even more appeal. It is no longer what I consider a Main Street destination for local Mom & Pop operations.

Ed Christina
Ed Christina
29 days ago

For Fast food like that, it’s all about deleivery and take out now. Both of thse were hard to do in Carytown.

Steve Richmond
Steve Richmond
29 days ago

Yeah, but the government has “kept us safe”. The death rate from pure Covid-19 is about 12,000 according to CDC analysis. What brings the total up to nearly 200,000 is that they are counting any death in which the dead person had tested positive for Covid-19 even if the Covid-19 had nothing to do with the reason for death. Even if one accepts the number of COVID-19 deaths touted in the media, that number is dwarfed by the millions of lives absolutely ruined by the shutdown of the economy. The entire country has been ruined because of faulty models projecting millions… Read more »

Ashley Smith
Ashley Smith
29 days ago
Reply to  Steve Richmond

How did they let Russian Bots infiltrate here?

Ed Christina
Ed Christina
28 days ago
Reply to  Ashley Smith

Has anyone ever seen a more downvoted comment on here?

Deon Hamner
Deon Hamner
28 days ago
Reply to  Ed Christina

NOPE

Justin Reynolds
Justin Reynolds
29 days ago
Reply to  Steve Richmond

Why is this comment allowed to stay? It has nothing to do with Jimmy John’s closing and it’s promoting a dangerous conspiracy theory.

Jamal Bee
Jamal Bee
28 days ago

Dont be Sheeple

Last edited 28 days ago by Jamal Bee
Chris Francoise
Chris Francoise
28 days ago
Reply to  Steve Richmond

Steve Richmond, “The death rate from pure Covid-19 is about 12,000 according to CDC analysis. What brings the total up to nearly 200,000 is that they are counting any death in which the dead person had tested positive for Covid-19 even if the Covid-19 had nothing to do with the reason for death.” Total B.S. on your part! You are perpetuating a conspiracy theory! You like others trying to confirm your bias are twisting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report to imply the COVID-19 death toll is not as serious as it sounds. The point that the… Read more »

Robert Barnes
Robert Barnes
28 days ago

Not the pandemic on this one. The business model is flawed not enough choices coupled with terrible quality meat served on a huge loaf of stale bread. The entire franchise needs a rebranding. The contrasting colors of the logo univiting restaurant atmosphere. You can go to Wawa and get a much better sandwich quicker better quality and for less money.

Brandon Ellis
Brandon Ellis
28 days ago

The loyal following of Mary Angela’s directly across the street didn’t help either.

kara morris
kara morris
27 days ago

The shop has only been closed for a few weeks and already it’s been tagged with graffiti. I live in Carytown and I can tell you the graffiti is everywhere and windows are still being broken. A lot of people are scared to come here. Folks can get on soapboxes and pass judgement and talk about how everyone who disagrees with them is racist but it’s accomplishing nothing. Denial is contributing to the downfall of Richmond retail.

charles Frankenhoff
charles Frankenhoff
25 days ago
Reply to  kara morris

This really is a problem. It’s not just Covid. All the years of fighting against graffiti, which really is corrosive to the city, are going for nothing – it’s worse than before the fight started now.

The city really needs to step up on this. It’s one of my big problems with Stoney – he’s been an ok mayor, but he’s done nothing for basic city functions, which are going to hell across the board.

Kara Morris
Kara Morris
25 days ago

The graffiti creates a perception of civil unrest and danger in many people’s minds. It’s an untrue and unfair perception but it’s driving many people away, nevertheless. Kim Gray has alluded to the fact that as Mayor she would make public safety more of a priority. She has my vote.