Firehouse Subs was founded in 1994 by brothers Chris and Robin Sorenson, who were former firefighters. Known for freshly made submarine sandwiches thick with quality meats and cheeses, Firehouse is also the only restaurant brand to have a Coca-Cola Freestyle in every restaurant. The chain is also a big supporter of public safety organizations and has donated more than $57 million through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
The chain now operates in 46 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and various non-traditional locations. A “Restaurant of the Future” prototype debuted in 2019 for the brand’s 25th anniversary, with a smaller footprint, an area for to-go ordering and improved customer flow.
Key Data: Firehouse
Headquarters: Jacksonville, Fla.
Segment: Quick Service
Restaurant segment: LSR Sandwich/Deli
Number of U.S. locations: 1,144
2020 Sales: $755.1 million
Source: Datassential Firefly 500
CEO: Don Fox
Parent: Firehouse of America LLC