RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) –For his fourth sandwich shop franchise, a Richmond criminal defense lawyer is taking on one of the area’s most popular shopping districts.
Gray Broughton next month plans to open a Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches shop at 3314 W. Cary St. in Carytown, across from Mary Angela’s Pizza.
Broughton, a partner at Richmond-based law firm Williams Mullen, signed a five-year lease in December for the 2,280-square-foot space, formerly home to an H&R Block.
“Carytown is a Richmond landmark,” Broughton said. “The space we’re taking over has been a bit of an eyesore for the last several years.”
Planned renovations include outdoor seating and a new façade, Broughton said. The initial cost to open a Jimmy John’s franchise runs from $305,500 to $487,500, according to the company’s website. Broughton wouldn’t say how much he’s paying to open what will be his fourth location but did say he is financing it with the help of family and friends. Griffin Real Estate LLC owns the property.
Broughton opened his first Jimmy John’s in 2009 at 11500 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield Towne Center. He added a spot in 2011 North Belvidere and West Franklin streets and in 2013 opened in Shockoe Slip.
With so many restaurants lining Carytown, Broughton said he’ll take aim at shoppers looking for a quick bite either on-site or delivered by bicycle.