2014 Top 100: Why Firehouse Subs is the No. 8 fastest-growing chain

2014 Top 100: Why Firehouse Subs is the No. 8 fastest-growing chain

This Jacksonville, Fla.-based limited service sandwich chain was founded by two firefighter brothers who focus on top-quality subs, signature design elements, including a hot sauce bar, and a strong charity component based around supporting first responders.

Although estimated sales per unit at the chain slipped by 6.3 percent in the most recent year, a net 143 new restaurants, all franchised, opened during that period. That’ a 25.1-percent increase in unit count, giving it

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