Top 250 Franchise by Entrepreneur – Rank no.69 – Firehouse Subs – US
Products & Services: Submarine sandwiches
Number of Locations: 642
Total Investment: $169.41K – 989.54K
Began Franchising: 1995
Brothers Chris and Robin Sorenson, both former firefighters, opened their first Firehouse Subs restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1994, and began franchising the concept just a year later. Each Firehouse Subs franchise is decorated with a firefighting theme, with a menu that features hot and cold subs and salads.
Liquid Cash Available: $90,000 – $100,000
Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 18. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
|FINANCING TYPE||IN-HOUSE||THIRD PARTY|
|Headquarters||Jacksonville, Florida, USA|
|Key people||Robin Sorensen, Chris Sorensen, Don Fox|
|Products||Submarine sandwiches, Hot subs|
Firehouse Subs is a US-based, fast casual restaurant chain that specializes in hot subs. Founded in 1994 in Jacksonville, Florida by former firefighter brothers Robin and Chris Sorensen, Firehouse Subs serves sandwiches with meats and cheeses, “steamed" hot and placed on a toasted sub roll. Locations offer a family-oriented atmosphere, with a firefighter theme that includes fire equipment throughout the store and a menu that features sandwiches with themed names. They offer hot sauces in a range of intensities. Pictures mounted on the walls highlight local firefighting history, as well as the founders’ history of firefighting service.
The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, was created in 2005. It provides funding and support for local firefighters.
On August 3, 2011 a company press release stated that they were placing the Coca-Cola Freestyle beverage dispenser in all their stores after a six-month test at the 25 restaurants in the Jacksonville market. Firehouse is the first national franchise chain to utilize the new technology in all franchises.