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McAlister's, Jimmy's Johns opening across Region

McAlister’s, deli, recently opened in Merrillville.

McAlister’s Deli and Jimmy John’s are giving Northwest Indiana residents more options of where to go to grab a sandwich.

McAlister’s Deli, a chain known for its sweet tea, baked potatoes and traditional delicatessen fare like corned beef, recently opened at 8217 Broadway in Merrillville. Local franchise group, Dave’s Deli LLC, invested at least $2.1 million in the new restaurant by the Century Mall and is looking to open four more in Northwest Indiana in the coming years.

The fast-casual chain, which is akin to Panera Bread or Noodles and Co., also will open another restaurant at the new Shoppes on the Boulevard Development on Indianapolis Boulevard.

“We were patient in choosing the right site in Schererville,” said Brett McDermott of Latitude Commercial, which brokered the deal. “This development will put us right in the middle of where you want to be on US 41.”

The Schererville location should open in the first half of next year.

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Jimmy John’s, a sub shop that brags about its “freaky fast delivery” and “free smells,” also is planning to open a new sandwich shop in a new strip mall at the intersection of Kennedy Avenue and 169th Street in Hammond’s Hessville neighborhood.

It is one of a number of nationally-branded eateries that are locating in urban North Lake communities or giving them another look. This summer, Starbucks opened a 2,000-square-foot coffee shop with indoor and patio seating at the intersection of Indianapolis Boulevard and Interstate Plaza Drive, across the street from the Cabela’s and the new super Walmart in Hammond.

Jimmy John’s also just opened a new restaurant at 8180 Mississippi St. in Merrillville, just across from the South Lake Mall.

Which Wich, another sub chain, also recently opened at 1508 U.S. Highway 41 in Schererville.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.