A new sandwich shop is coming to Aiken thanks to a former NFL player who hails from this area.

Troy “Wide-Open” Williamson, who played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Jacksonville Jaguars, is opening a Which Wich in Aiken at the Shoppes at Brookhaven off Whiskey Road.

Williamson, now residing in Evans, Ga., grew up in Jackson and graduated from Silver Bluff High School in 2002, which was the same year he was named the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce's Youth of the Year. He later attended USC Columbia on a full athletic scholarship.

Williamson said he considered investing in a restaurant franchise for some time and wanted to bring something different to Aiken. He said he ate at a Which Wich in Atlanta and knew he found the unique eatery for which he had been searching.

“I was looking for something new – up and coming,” Williamson said.

Which Wich offers a wide variety of sandwiches. According to its website, customers pick the type of sandwich they want and grab a bag on which they mark the different fixings they want with a red Sharpie. Chips, cookies and milkshakes are also on the menu.

Williamson said the restaurant is tentatively scheduled to open on Aug. 12. He said he's happy to bring a few jobs to the area and bring Aiken a sandwich shop that offers quality food and service.

“I am very excited,” Williamson said. “We're putting in the work now, and it's in a great location. Everything is coming together. It should be a good experience.”

Williamson added that he hopes to open another Which Wich in Aiken on the Northside near Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

A Which Wich restaurant recently opened in Augusta.

For more information about Which Wich, visit www.whichwich.com, and to follow the progress of Aiken's soon-to-be Which Wich, visit www.abouttroywilliamson.com.