Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs

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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#78 Ranked #59 last year
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Initial investment
$190K - $997K
Units as of 2021
1,201 5.8% over 3 years

Company Overview

Brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen, 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 firefighting memorabilia and artwork, with a menu that features hot and cold subs and salads.

About Firehouse Subs

Related Categories
Submarine Sandwiches, Sandwiches
Parent Company
Firehouse of America LLC
Don Fox, CEO
Sponsored Content

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Become Part of our Firehouse Subs® Family


As a leader in the fast casual sandwich industry, the demand for our uniquely-prepared Specialty Subs is blazing a trail across the country, opening up fast casual food opportunities in new and existing markets. With our strong brand identity, exceptional franchisee relationships, and passionate executive team, Firehouse Subs franchises are perfectly poised for development with the right investor.



  • 1. Minimum of $80k to invest
  • 2. Credit score of 650+
  • 3. Strong inner drive for excellence
  • 4. Devotion to your Firehouse Subs business
  • 5. Motivated and community-minded
  • 6. Must love subs!

Why Firehouse subs is a fit for you

Featuring second-to-none sub sandwiches and a commitment to the communities they serve, Firehouse Subs is a daily affirmation that serving good food and doing good belong together.

Our Way Beats Their Way

Our Way Beats Their Way

Our unique steaming process awakens the flavors of our premium meats and cheeses. When our sub sandwiches are served in restaurants featuring authentic firefighting décor, this is a combination people come back for again and again.
Spreading Like Wildfire

Spreading Like Wildfire

Exceeding 1,000 franchise locations, our Firehouse Subs expansion is carefully calculated to optimize potential, profitability, investment, and of course, our franchisees' success.
Operational Excellence

Operational Excellence

With an ever-growing history of innovative products, a focus on exceptional customer service, and a one-of-a-kind brand identity, Firehouse Subs is committed to building profit for franchisees.
Powerful Marketing

Powerful Marketing

Our marketing is as memorable and compelling as our subs. "The Hero of All Subs" not only sets us apart, but it applies to every aspect of our business. Everything we do is about bringing people back again and again.
Community Service

Community Service

We launched Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to give back to the communities we serve. Since 2005, the Foundation has donated over $24 million to improving the life-saving capabilities of local heroes and their communities.
Extensive Training

Extensive Training

We offer extensive training programs and operating systems to help build your business. Our support team of experts — all work together to streamline operations for businesses that are simple to run.


Tasty Subs


  • 2017 Community Partnership Award - Oshawa Firehouse Subs - Oshawa Fire Services
  • 2017 Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Award - Franchisees David and Rebecca Allen, Addison and Bloomington, IL - Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • 2017 Top Caterers in Charlotte, NC - ezCater
  • 2017 Golden Image Award of Distinction - Public Relations Programs - Firehouse Subs H2O for Heroes 

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1995 (26 years)
# of employees at HQ
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.

This company is seeking new franchisees worldwide.

# of Units
1,201 (as of 2021)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
12735 Gran Bay Pkwy., #150
Jacksonville, FL 32258

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Firehouse 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.

Initial Franchise Fee
Initial Investment
$189,574 - $997,320
Net Worth Requirement
$350,000 - $425,000
Cash Requirement
$80,000 - $150,000
Veteran Incentives
10% off first-unit franchise fee
Royalty Fee
Ad Royalty Fee
Term of Agreement
10 years
Is franchise term renewable?

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing
Firehouse Subs has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

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
336 hours
Classroom Training
32 hours
Additional Training
Training restaurant
Ongoing Support
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Marketing Planning & Support
Social Media
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App


Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Can this franchise be run part time?
# of employees required to run
Are exclusive territories available?

Franchise 500 Ranking History

Compare where Firehouse Subs landed on this year’s Franchise 500 Ranking versus previous years.

Additional Rankings

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Ranked #78

Franchise 500 Ranking

Ranked #52

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Updated: February 8th, 2021