Sandwiches are big business. The top 10 sandwich franchises from Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 ranking , all rest comfortably in the top 200. The franchises that made the cut are serving healthier meal options at a prices today's consumer can stomach. As the quick-service industry continues to move toward convenience, variety and nutrition, sandwich franchises are stepping up to the plate.
Number of franchises: 34,134
Franchising since: 1974
Startup costs: $84,300 - $258,300
2011 Franchise 500 rank: No. 9
2010 Franchise 500 rank: No.1
Subway is still leading the way in the sandwich industry. The submarine sandwich whiz unseated McDonald's to become the fast-food chain with the most outlets worldwide. In 2010, Subway introduced a line of breakfast sandwiches, which boosted per-unit averages. Subway plans to add drive-through service and more big-box retail locations. The system had been Entrepreneur's No. 1 ranked franchise for 17 of the past 23 years. It's also ranked No. 3 on Entrepreneur's Fastest-Growing Franchise list in 2011.
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Number of franchises: 1,020
Franchising since: 1993
Startup costs: $325,500 - $555,000
2011 Franchise 500 rank: No. 38
2010 Franchise 500 rank: No. 61
Number of franchises: 360
Franchising since: 1995
Startup costs: $187,500 - $412,700
2011 Franchise 500 rank: No. 113
2010 Franchise 500 rank: No. 113
CallFirehouse Subs one hot franchise. Founded in 1994 by former firefighting brothers, Chris and Robin Sorensen, this fast-casual restaurant chain serves up large portions of hand-sliced, steamed meats at value pricing. Firehouse Subs also has heart, as evidenced by their Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation supporting local communities. Its goal: To provide fire departments, law enforcement and emergency medical services with the tools, technology and training they need.
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