Battle of the Sub Sandwich Franchises: Quiznos – Blimpie – Subway & Jimmy Johns




Which Sub Sandwich Franchise is the Best to Own?

Ever wondered what it would take to own a successful franchise? The thought of owning one has no doubt crossed the minds of many of us. Franchises represent an opportunity for business owners to get a head start in the use of a popular brand and lay out the framework of how to run the business. But are franchises a good investment? How much do they cost to operate?

One of the most successful franchise industries in terms of sheer number of locations is the food industry. Within the food industry, it’s hard to imagine a more successful model than that of the sub and sandwich shops. It’s difficult to drive past a strip mall or through Main Street without seeing at least one Subway, Quiznos, Jimmy John’s, or Blimpie. We’ll take a look at exactly how much it costs to operate these franchises and some other factors to consider before taking a leap into the world of franchising.

Blimpie Franchises blimpie franchise

  • # of U.S. Locations: 477 (down from around 2,000)
  • Total Investment: $138,150 – $395,050
  • Franchise Fee: $18,000 (for first 2, $10,000 thereafter)
  • Royalty Fee: 6% of gross sales, $200 weekly minimum
  • Advertising Fee: 4% of gross sales
  • Net Worth Requirement: $250,000
  • Liquid Capital Requirement: $50,000

Jimmy John’s Franchises jimmy johns franchise

  • # of U.S. Locations: 2,286
  • Total Investment: $323,000 – $544,000
  • Franchise Fee: $30,000 – 35,000
  • Royalty Fee: 6% of gross sales
  • Advertising Fee: 4.5% of gross sales
  • Net Worth Requirement: $300,000
  • Liquid Capital Requirement: $80,000

Quiznos Franchises quiznos franchise

  • # of U.S. locations: 1,500
  • Total Investment: $202,665 – $252,201
  • Franchise Fee: $10,000
  • Royalty Fee: 7% of gross sales
  • Advertising Fee: 3% of gross sales
  • Net Worth Requirement: $125,000
  • Liquid Capital Requirement: $70,000

Subway Franchises subway franchise

  • # of U.S. locations: 26,972
  • Total Investment: $116,600 – $263,200
  • Franchise Fee: $15,000
  • Royalty Fee: 8% of gross sales
  • Advertising Fee: 4.5% of gross sales
  • Net Worth Requirement: $80,000 – $310,000
  • Liquid Capital Requirement: $30,000 – $90,000

If I were to pick one of these franchises, which would it be?

I’d skip Subway because there are so darn many of them. They are the Starbucks of sandwiches, with a store seemingly on every corner. There are limited to no barriers to entry, hence the 21K+ locations. Blimpie hasn’t excited me in a long time and you never see their advertising, so I would wonder where their ad fees are going. I’d probably choose Jimmy John’s over Quiznos because of the scarcity factor and higher barriers to entry – plus it seems like the only brand that is on the up and up. And – their bread is addictive! If you’re going to get in this business, you might as well like the product!

In all honesty, this is an industry I probably would not decide to jump into. The competition is fierce and there is no scarcity. Costs to get in aren’t bad, but that has its own set of problems. I’d be looking for the next big franchising opportunity.

Sub Franchise Discussion:

  • Which restaurant franchise would you choose? Why?
  • Have you considered opening any kind of franchise? What franchise? Why?
  • Which sandwich/sub spot do you like to eat at the most?
  • Take the Poll!

What is your favorite sub sandwich shop?




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