CRYSTAL LAKE – Potbelly Sandwich Works LLC is planning to open a new Potbelly Sandwich Shop at what has become the go-to place lately: Crystal Point Mall.
The Chicago chain is expected to open the 1,550-square-foot store before the start of school, said James Richter, assistant director of economic development for the city. Its application with the city also calls for the creation of 10 jobs. And like its immediate neighbors, Five Guys Burgers & Fries and Starbucks, it is taking advantage of city’s Retailer Job Creation and Investment Program. Each received $10,000.
The program stipulates that the qualifying retail sales tax revenue-generating businesses occupy vacant space or construct and occupy a new building. It also must hire new employees and/or buy furniture, fixtures, or equipment. Potbellys anticipates spending an estimated $220,000 on improvements.
This chain, headquartered in Chicago, owns and franchises more than 200 quick-service restaurants that specialize in fresh-made sandwiches in about a dozen states. In addition to a number of sandwiches it also serves salads, soup, and chili, as well as homemade cookies, ice cream, and smoothies. Founded in 1977, Potbellys has nearby locations at 1519 S. Randall Road in Algonquin and at 100 W. Higgins Road in South Barrington.
– Kurt Begalka