5 Important Reasons Firehouse Subs® Continues its Franchise Growth
A restaurant franchise brand doesn’t reach its 25th year without a formula for success. Here at Firehouse Subs, we like to think it’s because people come back when they’re treated well and fed well. Turns out, people absolutely LOVE the same things we do – the best meats, cheeses and toppings we can find. Our guests come back again and again because, unlike other sub places, our unique steaming method releases a rush of flavors in our meats and cheeses, which then get served way over code on one of our private-recipe sub rolls. That’s a winning combination that’s hard to beat – for big eaters and the value-conscious alike.
But a restaurant franchise can’t grow on just food alone. Sure, it’s a cornerstone of what we do, but our continued success as a brand can also be attributed to our amazingly committed franchisee network, passionate executive team, and our deep commitment to first responders in the local communities in which we operate. We’re the best in the business because of the people that make up our network of nearly 1,200 restaurants across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, the hundreds of folks in our headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla. and their shared commitment of providing funding, lifesaving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations through our Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®. In fact, together as a network, we’ve granted more than $48 million to hometown heroes since the Foundation’s inception in 2005.
Today, Firehouse Subs is seeking new franchisees and new franchise restaurant owners who are not only a good fit, but who also believe in these guiding principles of general business growth.
#1: Be Strategic
Successful Firehouse Subs franchisees have to be willing to take some risk, but we’ve built a system of training, marketing, business coaching and ongoing support to ensure every franchise owner has the tools necessary to realize success. This mindset of systems and processes is hard-wired into the Firehouse Subs franchise mentality in order minimize risk while providing franchisees with the materials needed to maximize their investment.
#2: Open Communication
Proven systems and best-in-class training and support are critical to franchisee success at Firehouse Subs, but equally as important is open communication between franchisees, with restaurant employees and with corporate staff as well. Through our Area Representative franchise development model, we’ve built a system that allows new and existing franchisees to engage in open dialogue with each other and with our corporate headquarters both in-person and online. And Firehouse Subs ensures this exchange is robust, positive and regular by facilitating local, regional and national opportunities to share skills, ideas and information.
#3: Ask Questions
At Firehouse Subs we truly believe that you are in “business for yourself, but not by yourself.” The most successful Firehouse Subs franchisees continually look for opportunities to learn from others while capitalizing on the rich information available to them throughout our system. When in doubt, we raise our hands and ask questions in order to progressively move forward at both the regional and national level. Many of the best advice-seekers have gone on to become some of the most successful multi-unit operators at Firehouse Subs.
#4: Hard work
While Firehouse Subs will show you the path to successful restaurant ownership and provide you with the tools to achieve your small business ownership goals, there is absolutely no alternative to hard work. Ownership of a Firehouse Subs requires a commitment to hard work and building your local business. Ask any of our Firehouse Subs franchise owners – from Mariano A. in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. to Brandon and Stephanie E. from Portland, Ore.; Chris and Jennifer P. in Elizabeth City, NC; and Julie A. in St. Louis, Mo.; among many others.
Successful Firehouse Subs franchisees like the ones mentioned above, and the hundreds more across the country, are committed to building the brand and driving restaurant profitability. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be nearly 1,200 Firehouse Subs restaurants out there. This growth is only something that fewer than 40 limited service restaurant brands have ever accomplished – and that milestone of success only happens with hard work.
#5: People Skills
Arguably more important than many other business attributes needed to operate a successful franchise restaurant is the ability to deal with people. Firehouse Subs franchisees understand that their restaurants are only as good as any given employee that serves any given customer at any given time.
To build a successful front-line team a franchisee must have excellent people skills. It’s vital to bring out the best in both employees and customers because loyalty, trust, and brand value are foundational to business success.
To learn more about franchise restaurant ownership with Firehouse Subs, visit firehousesubsfranchising.com.;