COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Jimmy John’s location is just weeks from opening – and hiring for staff to make their “freaky fast” sandwiches is now underway.

According to business owner Josh Grannell, the sandwich shop is slated to open during the first week of January. Grannell said they are planning to hire 25-30 new employees to fill open positions in the restaurant. Positions include full-time, part-time and some management.

In anticipation of that date, Grannell has set two dates for open interviews next week. Open interviews are planned for Tuesday, December 18 and Thursday, December 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.

“We’d like to start hiring next week,” said Grannell. “We’ve already had a few interviews. Walk-ins are welcome to apply.”

For those unable to attend the open interviews, Grannell said there will be applications available at Jimmy John’s, 289 W. Walker Way, Suite 3, in Columbia City.

Grannell and business partner Logan Todd are excited to get the business open and serving up their particular style of sandwiches made with fresh bread, meats and vegetables. The business is known widely for its prompt delivery style — they’re “freaky fast.”

“This project has been a long time coming,” added Grannell. “We’re really excited to open the store here.”

“We join in Jimmy Johns’ excitement to open their business here in Whitley County,” Jennifer Romano, executive director of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, said. A ribbon cutting ceremony is being planned by the Chamber for January.

For more information, email Logan Todd at logantoddjj@gmail.com or contact jgrannelljjs@gmail.com