ATLANTA & CHAMPAIGN – Jimmy John Liautaud, founder and former chairman of Jimmy John’s, shows his support for the White House and the entire economic team that has been faced with the crucial task of uplifting the American economy.
As the nation’s businesses work toward reopening after the widespread lockdown that began in mid-March to stem the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus, an effort to stimulate the staggering economy has been made by business leaders, including Jimmy John Liautaud, who is in full support of the President’s Economic Team.
“He’s managing this situation, and he’s now open to opening selective areas and letting governors decide, like Minnesota, opening up fishing, hunting and golfing. And I think that was a good move,” said Liautaud. “He’s having to make decisions. And that’s what business people have to do. Things don’t always go as planned. And neither did this. And so he’s doing the best that he can with what he’s got and making decisions along the way. And I support him.”
Liautaud said he’s been impressed with how quickly businesses have adapted to life under the coronavirus. What has “taken place in our industry in the last 45 days is nothing short of extraordinary.”
Liautaud has stated that the recovery would have to proceed in a series of “different strokes” for parts of the country that varied according to the severity of their outbreaks. “It’s gonna be different strokes for different folks but Americans are resilient.”
Restaurants in the U.S. are most certainly feeling the ongoing pressure caused from the city and statewide initiatives across the nation which has essentially overnight resulted in the shutting down of many restaurants that are unable to cater delivery services to the public. As many Americans continue to stay inside and refrain from going out to eat, the restaurant industry, including both small and independently owned restaurants are facing a major wave of uncertainty.
About Jimmy John Liautaud
Jimmy John Liautaud is the founder of Jimmy John’s, a sandwich chain that prides itself on “Freaky Fresh” ingredients and “Freaky Fast” service. In January 1983, he opened his first store. Through hard work, tenacity, good taste buds, and an eye for detail, Liautaud grew his business from one shop in Charleston, Illinois to 10 shops then franchised to reach over 2,800 locations across the United States. Since the successful acquisition by Inspire Brands, Inc. of Jimmy John’s, Liautaud has stepped down as chairman of the company and transitioned to becoming an adviser to the brand.