Penn Station East Coast Subs

Grilled subs
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Franchise 500 2023
2024 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Ranked #374 last year
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Initial investment
$367K - $824K
Units as of 2023
322 Increase 5.9% over 3 years

Penn Station East Coast Subs was founded by Jeff Osterfeld, a former co-operator of a deli in Dayton, Ohio. In 1985, Osterfeld used his expertise to bring his ideas to life by opening his first restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio. He introduced the concept of preparing meals directly in front of the customers using only fresh ingredients. Penn Station East Coast Subs franchises are known for their cheesesteaks and sandwiches.

Osterfeld's concept of combining up-scale, quick-service dining experience with fresh ingredients and signature display cooking was converted into a franchise concept in 1987. The average Penn Station East Coast Subs restaurant typically serves a signature menu of grilled and cold deli sandwiches made with high-quality ingredients on freshly baked bread. The restaurant menu also includes fresh-cut fries, hand-squeezed lemonade, and chocolate chunk cookies, all freshly made in front of the customers.

Why You May Want to Start a Penn Station East Coast Subs

Penn Station East Coast Subs has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 many times in the past several decades. This ranking is based on an evaluation of more than 150 data points, including costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. 

There are more than 300 Penn Station East Coast Subs locations throughout the United States. Penn Station East Coast Subs seeks to expand to new locations with experienced multi-unit franchisees. The unique food menu it provides may prove to be attractive for the franchisee with operational simplicity and unit-level economics.

What Might Make a Penn Station East Coast Subs a Good Choice?

As a franchisee, you're part of a network covering locations including Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Kansas, and more. As you decide if opening a Penn Station East Coast Subs franchise is for you, make sure you take time to explore the opportunity. Research the brand and your local area to see if a Penn Station East Coast Subs franchise would do well in your community.

How to Open a Penn Station East Coast Subs Franchise

To be considered as a potential franchise operator, you typically need to have the following qualifications:

  • Some experience with running a business (preferably a franchise) 

  • Some personnel management experience

  • A sound business strategy that aligns with Penn Station's goals and objectives

  • Meet the financial requirements

If you meet the criteria above, you can generally get started by filling out an online inquiry form. If you are seen as a good fit, an agent from the franchise might contact you for a pre-qualification interview. If the agent is satisfied, Penn Station East Coast Subs may provide you with a proper franchise application that they expect to be completed within a stipulated time. 

Next, you'll generally need to attend an online exploration seminar, and you'll be introduced to other franchisees. You'll typically then be invited to a meeting at Penn Station East Coast Subs headquarters in Milford, Ohio. Finally, you may be able to sign the franchise agreement that will allow you to open the doors to your tasty franchise.

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Company Overview

About Penn Station East Coast Subs

Industry Food
Related Categories Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, Sandwiches
Founded 1985
Parent Company Osterfeld Enterprises
Leadership Jeffrey Osterfeld, CEO
Corporate Address 1226 U.S. Hwy. 50
Milford, OH 45150
Social Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram

Business Overview

Franchising Since 1987 (37 years)
# of employees at HQ 36
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchises in the following US states: Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

# of Units 322 (as of 2023)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Penn Station East Coast Subs franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

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$366,693 - $823,526
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to 8%
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Term of Agreement Information Circle
5 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes
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Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training 202-209 hours
Classroom Training 25-33 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Meetings & Conventions
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
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National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
Website Development
Email Marketing


Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit? Information Circle
Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
# of employees required to run 15
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Updated: December 12th, 2022