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Downtown LA’s First Jersey Mike’s Coming to 8th and Hope

Downtown LA's first Jersey Mike's location is opening at 8th and Hope next to upcoming Philz Coffee

Downtown LA’s first Jersey Mike’s location is opening at 8th and Hope next to upcoming Philz Coffee

With 166 locations in California, can you believe there still isn’t a Jersey Mike’s sandwich shop in Downtown LA? I find it interesting looking at the locations map on their website that the Los Angeles area is filled with Jersey Mike’s except for Downtown LA and the areas surrounding it, almost like a huge hole (or void) in a doughnut. As someone who believes we should have a little bit of everything in Downtown LA to provide the most options for various tastes in a fully walkable, transit-rich environment, I am glad that we’re finally getting our first Jersey Mike’s opening in South Park later this year.

Located on the ground floor of the 8th and Hope apartment tower across the street from The Bloc, Jersey Mike’s will be taking over a 1,250 square foot space just one door down from the upcoming Philz Coffee from San Francisco, which judging by its huge fan base, will likely draw lots of people when it opens later this year as well.

With these new businesses opening on 8th Street (also just one block down from Whole Foods at 8th and Grand opening in November), the pedestrian connection between South Park and the Financial District is finally beginning to strengthen. By the end of the year when all these businesses are open, what was once a desolate stretch filled with parking lots and dead zones — or rift between two districts — will be activated, contributing to a new vibrant urban community.

As more businesses begin to open along 8th Street, the pedestrian connection is strengthened between South Park and the Financial District becoming an activated, vibrant urban community

As more businesses begin to open along 8th Street, the pedestrian connection is strengthened between South Park and the Financial District becoming an activated, vibrant urban community

11 Comments

  1. Bliss says

    Are we really celebrating a chain sandwich store? Did I miss the blog post where Subway was hoorahed? Let’s keep downtown interesting, not chain-y…

    • Icebrg says

      I guess your idea of “Bliss” is vacant storefronts rather than occupied space.

    • Mike says

      Those interesting stores that open up for a few months and close down because they don’t make enough money to pay their rent? I want more lunch options under $10, Jersey Mike’s will do.

  2. thefoxiscunning says

    @Bliss

    As the article mentions – given that bloc(!) has been a concrete wasteland for sometime, I think it’s a good thing that a franchisee sought DTLA as a viable location. It’s flawed thinking to believe only privately funded small business will gentrify or develop an area as once desolate as this. Besides, as in almost every major downtown, Hotelling’s law would propose, that if successful, we will see additional, diverse and hopefully privately owned sandwich shop options.

  3. Boris says

    New buildings usually offer their retail space unbuilt, as raw space. It’s much harder for independent businesses to manage a build out; you usually see smaller business or local owners opt for an existing space vacated by another tenant that costs less to open. I see this as a long term organic process, eventually there will be turnover and spaces can get reused or upgraded as the market changes. That;s a good thing IMO.

  4. aardvark says

    We have a total lack of easy, cheapish, but decent food. Jersey Mike’s won’t win any awards, but it’s way better than Subway. Bring it on, I say.

    • Dion says

      exactly… we need the following to open in the core and stay open late, even on sundays.. Lemonade, habit, in n out, zankou, a deli and so much more.

      • Shabaz says

        The day Zankou, In N Out, and Trader Joe’s open a DTLA location is the day I stop having to drive my car outside Downtown borders for ANY meal anymore ;)

        Well, maybe also a good pho place (Blossom is soooo average, IMHO).

  5. david t says

    Is a cheapo franchise something to celebrate? The storefront was obviously going to get a tenant, but this is a downer. To me, it’s not “Jersey Mike is coming to DTLA!.” It’s more “No one else wanted the space so it became a Jersey Mike.”

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