Quiznos Franchise Review: Meet Mark Lohmann

Quiznos’ President opens up about why the sub franchise is a true disruptor in the category

Quiznos’ President

For years, Quiznos was known in the sub/sandwich category as a disruptor and innovator. With refreshed energy and a commitment to the future, Quiznos is getting back to its roots.

“One of the great things about Quiznos is the historical legacy,” said Quiznos’ president Mark Lohmann. “Innovation is the heart of this brand, it’s the key to the historical success of Quiznos. And fundamentally, we believe it’s the key to success going forward.”

An incredible effort is afoot at Quiznos to take a brand that is known and loved and propel it into the future with fresh ideas, innovative and new equipment, all the while sticking true to what has made the sub/sandwich shop one of the most successful in the industry.

In this wide ranging interview, Lohmann talks about the future of Quiznos, how the brand supports franchises, and why now is one of the most important times in the brand’s storied history.

What’s the main focus of Quiznos going into the future?

Everything we focus on at Quiznos is all about the economic benefits to our franchisees. We want our franchisees to have the best economic model possible. The only way we make a lot of money is if our franchisees make a lot of money. We believe we can make sandwiches better than anyone else out there, but with this new design, we can make them faster than anywhere else too. Everything is designed to ensure our franchisees can be more profitable.

How do you stick true to what people love about Quiznos, while also being innovative?

That’s twofold. We know consumers want adventure and more flavor than in the past. But at the same time, there is a critical component in that people fall in love with our sandwiches, and we can’t get rid of that. Our most popular is the classic Italian; we’re not going to change it. But the classic Italian off our new equipment is better than before; it will blow your mind.

How do you support franchisees?

At Quiznos, we are passionate about entrepreneurs and ensuring they can be successful with our brand. We’ll provide the level of support you need to ensure you are successful. One of the great things about Quiznos is you have direct access to the executive team, 24/7, 365 days a year, because we’ve been in your shoes. We know how tough it is to manage a restaurant, and we’re here to support you.

Who is the ideal candidate for a franchise?

For us, the ideal franchisee is someone that’s passionate about delivering a great product in a great environment to consumers that love the product we offer. But at the same time, it has to be someone who is focused on the bottom line and being successful, because we know with the new design with Quiznos, the potential is out of the world.

What sets Quiznos apart from other brands?

One of the best things about Quiznos is the legacy. Our brand awareness is higher than nearly any other brand out there. We’re confident that loyalty will help us get traction in multi-unit franchise space. We know the economic model changes when you add multiple units, that’s what gets us excited. The sky’s the limit in terms of success.

Why is now the time to invest?

This is one of the most exciting points in the history of Quiznos. We’ve built this brand to be more relevant with a better economic model. I’m confident when we look back several years from now, we’ll see this moment in time as the rebirth of a great brand. Getting in now is an exciting time to be part of one of the best stories in the franchise industry.

Now is the time to own a Quiznos franchise

To learn more about the Quiznos franchise opportunity, fill out an inquiry form and a member of our team will reach out to you shortly. We look forward to hearing from you!

Quiznos’ CEO is Driving a New Era for the Iconic Sub Franchise

Tim Casey discusses why Quiznos is stronger than ever

time casey Quiznos’ CEO

Something special is happening at Quiznos.

For the past few years, a talented team of veteran franchise experts with Rego Restaurant Group has sought to take great brands like Quiznos with unreal brand recognition, and breathe new life into the business model.

Tim Casey, Quiznos’ CEO, said in all his years of experience in the restaurant and franchise industry, no better brand was ready for this rebirth than Quiznos.

“I believe Quiznos is the best candidate as a brand to reinvigorate,” Casey said. “Quiznos has tremendous customer affinity and an amazing legacy. Now we’re ready to make it relevant for the future.”

In this wide-ranging interview, Casey talks about what makes Quiznos so special, the brand’s legacy of disrupting the market, plans for the future, and what franchisees can expect when investing in the company.

What makes Quiznos so special as a brand?

When you think about when Quiznos first started, it was a disruptor in the sub/sandwich space, doing things no one else was doing. And we’re committed to getting back to that. We’re bringing in new, innovative equipment, which will take the menu in a unique and special direction to further differentiate the brand, and create a strong economic model for the franchisee.

What are some of the benefits of franchising with Quiznos?

For one, you get tremendous brand awareness with the consumer. It doesn’t matter what state, the consumer is aware of Quiznos, and that’s tremendous for a franchisee. You don’t have to build brand awareness – it exists, and they’re capitalizing on it. Also, the business model is highly relevant to the consumer and therefore lucrative to the franchisee. And the support system is best in class, and our No. 1 priority is to support the franchisee. We deliver on that.

What’s Quiznos doing that competitors are not?

When we first started, no one else was toasting, and we brought toasting into the sandwich platform. Now, today, we’re doing unique LTO like bison, and unique proteins, not only differentiating our brand, but the messaging shows we’re back as a unique brand. We’re going to take what was great about the brand in the past, and we’re going to capitalize on it well into the future.

What is Quiznos looking for in a franchisee?

The franchisee we want is a great operator, meaning they are connected in their community, and they operate great restaurants and take care of the guests. The franchisee of the future is the one who wants 5-plus restaurants in their communities, because when they can control an amount of real estate, they can capitalize to the benefit of their guests in that community and their success as a business.

It seems like a lot is happening at Quiznos. What is the culture these days?

People create culture, and we’ve brought together a team that believes in the franchise and what we’re doing. We wake up every day wanting to support our franchisees and the business model. That drives a level of collaboration within the organization that benefits the franchisee. I’ve never seen such passion in a group of people.

How does the team benefit the franchisee?

As a franchisee, what you’re really buying into is a level of talent that supports the complexity in the market. Franchisees have to be confident a supply chain team is making sure there’s continuous flow of product, at an affordable cost, which sounds easy but is very difficult. Or, you need a digital team that can capitalize on trends, like online ordering and digital apps. Franchisees have to make money, and they join organizations because they want the team and support, infrastructure and systems. And in our case, the brand, and that’s what we offer a franchisee.

Now is the time to own a Quiznos franchise

To learn more about the Quiznos franchise opportunity, fill out an inquiry form and a member of our team will reach out to you shortly. We look forward to hearing from you!

Time to Spring for Seafood Favorites Returning to Quiznos

The Lobster Classic returns and newcomer makes waves

Denver, CO – February 8, 2022 – The long-awaited return of Quiznos’ favorite Lobster Classic signals that Spring is just around the corner. This seasonal limited time offer is joined again by the Old Bay® Lobster Club, making for a flavorful adventure.

Lobster Classic

The Lobster Classic Sub is made with a lobster and seafood salad mix with shredded lettuce on butter-toasted Italian white bread with a lemon wedge garnish. Likewise, the Old Bay® Lobster Club includes the same lobster and seafood salad mix, along with Old Bay® seasoning, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and spicy mayo on a butter-toasted Italian white bread with the lemon garnish. Guests can enjoy their sandwich of choice and more by adding a beverage and chips and making it a combo.

“We are thrilled to be bringing back these two sandwiches this year,” said Mike Gieseman, Vice President of Culinary Innovation. “The delicious Lobster Classic and newer, but just as loved, Old Bay® Lobster Club are some of our most popular seasonal treats and we can’t wait for our guests to enjoy them again.”

Toasty Points Members can get more than just a meal by taking part in several different lobster-loving promotions running during the time these sandwiches are available. The Lobster Loyalty Promotion grants members a $6 eight-inch Lobster sub from February 14 to February 20.

The Lobster Classic and Old Bay® Lobster Club sandwiches are available for a limited time at participating locations nationwide beginning February 8.

Ready to join the Quiznos franchise family?

If sanwiches are your language, we want you to join our franchise family. Fill out our form here to start a conversation. One of our team members will be in touch. We can’t wait to see if you can realize your dreams with a Quiznos franchise.

Quiznos Launches Classic Philly Cheesesteak in Canada Locations

Stay warm through the last stretch of Winter with this beloved sandwich – now done four ways

Quiznos’ fans in Canada can try something new today with the launch of its Philly Cheesesteak sandwich seasonal offer. The wildly popular Philly Cheesesteak classic recipe now allows guest customization four different ways.
Customers can choose between a steak or chicken Philly dressed in sautéed peppers and onions, melted mozzarella cheese, and finished with banana peppers. For more daring guests, the spicy version of the steak or chicken Philly sandwich includes four-pepper chili sauce and jalapeños to give it an extra kick of flavor.

“We are so excited to introduce Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches to our menu this year,” said Mike Gieseman, Vice President of Culinary Innovation. “We know guests will enjoy the classic Philly Cheesesteak or find a new favorite in one of the innovative twists we’ve made to the recipe.”
Guests can enjoy these exciting new sandwiches with a special, limited-time offer that grants them any nine-inch Philly sub for $6 between February 14 and February 20. Loyal patrons can utilize their Quiznos Toasty Points later this Spring and receive any nine-inch Philly sub, chips, and a regular fountain soda for only $10.

The classic Philly Cheesesteak sandwich is available for a limited time at participating locations in Canada, beginning February 8.

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In 2022, Quiznos is completely reinvigorated. By returning to our roots as the most innovative sub franchise in history, Quiznos is in the midst of a national resurgence that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Now is the time to own a Quiznos franchise

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