Adrian Gonzalez Discusses Coronavirus' Effect on Jersey Mikes

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Adrian Gonzalez is a five-time Major League Baseball All-Star who has played in the MLB since 2004. In addition to his baseball career, Gonzalez also is a franchisee of Jersey Mikes and is a partner for Los Angeles based brewery Calidad.

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Bill Enright:

The coronavirus is having a major impact on the world of sports and the world of business. So why not talk to a man that knows a lot about both? For that I go to my guest, Adrian Gonzalez. What's going on Adrian?

Adrian Gonzalez:
Right. Bill, how are you doing? Are you staying in a safe and quarantine or?

Bill Enright:

I'm staying safe. The quarantine is, I guess, it is what it is. I mean, I hear little kids in the background of your house. How are they doing? Because they're the ones that are really going to be bored by this.

Adrian Gonzalez:
Yeah. We're trying to keep them on a schedule so a similar schedule to what they would have at school. Three and a half hours of learning along with a few breaks here and there. And we have a schedule that we've done Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today. So today's our fourth day of their school schedule and so far it's working somewhat okay. Pretty good with calls for meetings and this and that. There's been definitely a lot more screen-time. We're trying to keep all the screen time on school learning type videos and apps and all that stuff. But it ends up being a little more work. You start to really appreciate what all the great teachers and all over do with our kids.

Bill Enright:

Let's talk about baseball for a second here. You're a longtime member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The season has been pushed back. What do you make of how this virus has really taken over the world and its impact on what's going on with sports?

Adrian Gonzalez:
Yeah. No, I mean, it's something that really is hard to explain, really hard to really just capture, I think a lot of people are taking it very lightly, which is something that I don't suggest in any way, shape or form. I think everybody needs to take their precautions, staying indoors, staying quarantined and washing your hands and doing all the things that you need to do. We've seen the numbers rise and this test, I mean, the numbers are only going to get higher and higher and it really is having an impact on everything all over the world and baseball in particular.

Obviously this season being pushed back, now it sounds like May. Realistically, probably June, July. So the all star game here is in jeopardy, the all star game in LA. I don't know if you can have an all star game after two, three weeks of a baseball season. So there's so many things that are being affected and even the season as a whole. I mean, you never know. They might have to cancel the entire season, so. So many different things. Obviously this is way bigger than baseball, way bigger than anything along those lines. But having an-

Bill Enright:

Let's shift gears over to the world of business. You are a Jersey Mike's franchise owner and right now the world of retail and restaurants take a really big impact with a lot of food worker or food services. The employees losing their jobs, getting laid off for the time being. How has Jersey Mike's or how has your franchise kind of been able to approach what's going on with the coronavirus?

Adrian Gonzalez:
Yeah, we've had multiple, nationwide franchise, franchisee and operator conference calls. The precautions that Jersey Mike's has been taken is obviously cutting back hours, that does have a huge impact on all employees and then also only take out. You cannot stay in the restaurant and eat. Really, really pushing the home delivery of companies that are out there. So there's a big change in the way that things are happening, obviously sales are down quite a pretty big amount. So these are the times where I think, we're all going to take a hit, bottom all the way to the top. Everybody's going to take a hit on finance and you just try to do your best to manage the situation. It's really tough times for the whole world and we're all going to suffer, but we're all going to rise together at the same time.

Bill Enright:

Like you mentioned, sales are down, less traffic coming in, you're takeout only, but that rent check is still going to come on the first of the month. That utility check is still due. As a business owner, what are the concerns that you have to kind of deal with that? Or how are you approaching that from a financial aspect?

Adrian Gonzalez:
Well, I mean, the best thing is have conversation with the landlords. I think everybody understands the situation and everybody's willing to adjust a little bit. And there's the government, I heard that they're going to do some SBA loans or some type of small business loans for those people that might need that extra cashflow. So there's different ways you can do it. There's no perfect way I think. I think at the end of the day, everybody's going to, like I said, everybody's going to take a hit here and landlords for the most part have been pretty cooperative with the conversations and understanding and maybe putting something in software for the future a year from now or whatnot. So. But yeah, those bills are still going to be there. They're still going to come and you just got to navigate through them. I mean, it is a really tough, tough, tough time.

Bill Enright:

Adrian, we appreciate your time.

Adrian Gonzalez:
Thank you and really appreciate your time.

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