Linden Public Schools’ partnership with a Jersey Mike’s Subs shop that recently opened in Aviation Plaza has netted $2,400 in donations to the district. 

Jersey Mike’s approached the school district about a partnership as the company was preparing to open a shop at 683 W. Edgar Road, then set up promotions for the store’s grand opening week from March 21 to 30.

Shop owner Greg Gillman, top center, presented a check to Superintendent Danny A. Robertozzi and Business Administrator Kathleen A. Gaylord on April 20.

“We’re thrilled that we were able to welcome a new business into the Linden family and help our students at the same time,” Robertozzi said. “I think Jersey Mike’s idea to collect donations for Linden Public Schools helped our community rally around their grand opening. We wish them the best of luck going forward.”

Gillman, who runs the shop along with manager Ryan Jennings, said the partnership worked out well for both sides.

“We were definitely very, very happy to be partnered with the schools,” he said. “The whole community came out; we had a line out the door at one point. People were definitely there to support the schools. It’s a great cause.”

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A donation box collected contributions for Linden Public Schools during the grand opening of Jersey Mike's Subs.

Together Jersey Mike’s and the school district distributed donation cards that allowed a customer to get a free regular sub with a donation of at least $2. They also distributed coupon fliers, with Jersey Mike’s donating $1 for each coupon redeemed.

Jersey Mike’s also had a donation box set up near the cash register during its grand opening week.

“Jersey Mike’s always likes to be a part of the community,” Gillman said. “My sister and I both went to school to be teachers. It’s didn’t work out, we both ended up in the sandwich business, but we still really believe in the school systems. It’s a great cause to work for.”

Of the $2,400 donation, $1,800 will go to the school district, and $200 each will go specifically to Linden High School, Soehl Middle School, and School No. 2. Jersey Mike’s wanted to designate targeted donations to the high school, middle school, and elementary school that are closest to the shop geographically.

Jersey Mike’s has nearly 1,400 locations nationwide.