Quiznos franchise offers submarines and other sandwiches, salads, soups, drinks, and other products. Quiznos has been a very popular restaurant in the past but it has seen a constant decrease in locations in the past few years.
The Quiznos franchise was founded in 1981 in Denver, Colorado. Throughout the years it evolved into Quiznos Franchisor, which is located in Delaware.
Quiznos currently has 238 locations scattered around the country. This number is a result of a downtrend that seems to be in place for several years now.
Tim Casey is the CEO of Quiznos since 2019. In the past, he was the brand head of Rusty Tacos, CEO of PepperJax, and president of QDOBA Restaurant. All hope to see Quiznos make a comeback lies on his shoulders.
We will analyze if the potential returns are worth the initial investment as well as the reason behind the decline of Quiznos.
Did you know that just a bit over a decade ago Quiznos had over 4,500 locations? Yes, it lost 90% of its locations in 12 years, but why?
Quiznos was built upon a fragile foundation.
Yes, it was growing rapidly and was becoming a threat to Subway with its toasted subs but the 4,500 locations that Quiznos had were built on a foundation of low profits. This made franchisees mad since they were making almost no profit. When the recession hit in 2008, the decline of Quiznos started. With franchisees not being able to afford the tiny profits they started closing down, and Subway thrilled with its new $5 footlong sub.
The initial fee for a Quiznos franchise is $10,000. The upfront fee must be paid before opening the restaurant. A fee of $5,000 must be paid for any additional franchise.
The estimated total investment for beginning operations of a Quiznos franchise is between $216,100 and $338,500.
|Type of Expenditure||Amount||Method of Payment||When Due||To Whom Payment is to be Made|
|Initial Franchise Fee||$10,000||Lump Sum||At signing of|
|Architectural Fees||$10,000 – $20,000||Lump Sum||Before opening||Outside Vendors|
|Leasehold Improvements||$63,000 – $95,000||As arranged||Before opening||Landlord or|
Materials, and Signs
|$75,000 – $120,000||As arranged||Before opening||Quiznos; Used Equipment|
Owner; or one of their
|Delivery Equipment and|
|$0 – $1,500||As arranged||Before opening||One of their Vendors|
|Uniforms||$0 – $500||Lump Sum||Before opening||One of their Vendors|
|Cash Register, Credit Card,|
Music, and Computer
|$2,000 – $6,000||Lump Sum||Before opening||Third party or one of|
|$1,000 – $3,000||As agreed||Before opening||Outside Vendors|
|Security Deposits, Utility|
Deposits, and Business
|$3,600 – $8,000||As agreed||Before opening||Landlord; Vendors;|
|Training Expenses||$2,500 – $4,500||As agreed||Before opening||Outside Vendors|
|Grand Opening Advertising|
|$5,000 – $15,000||Lump Sum||Before opening||Outside Vendors|
|Real Estate||-See Note below||As agreed|
|Opening Inventory||$9,000 – $15,000||Lump Sum||Before opening||One of their Affiliates|
|$35,000 – $40,000||As arranged||As incurred||Vendors and your|
(excluding real estate
|$216,100 – $338,500|
-Note: “Real estate costs depend on whether you owned the Franchised Location before signing the Franchise Agreement or instead purchase or lease your Franchised Location…”
Royalty: 5% of gross sales
Marketing: 2% of gross sales
Management Fee: 3% of gross sales
In an attempt to prevent the brand from disappearing, Quiznos is eagerly looking for new investors to open a Quiznos franchise.
Quiznos does not have any net worth requirements and the liquid capital required to open a Quiznos is only 30% of the initial investment.
The process to open a Quiznos franchise is similar to most other franchises. You fill up an application and if you qualify, there will be an interview.
Quiznos does not make any representations about a franchisee’s future financial performance or the past financial performance of company-owned or franchised outlets. However, if you are purchasing an existing Quiznos, the company may provide you with the actual records of that Quiznos.
If our estimates are correct, they are not. With that amount of sales, you will barely cover your expenses and you will not be able to sell the franchise at a good price.
|P5 2021 Actual||P5 2021 Budget||P5 2020 Actual|
|Company Restaurant Sales||$ 1,738,578||68.0%||$ 1,556,855||69.4%||$ 1,033,426||71.7%|
|Franchise Royalties and Other:|
|Royalties – US||264,359||10.3%||243,524||10.9%||169,947||11.8%|
|Royalties – Canada||128,718||5.0%||99,887||4.5%||53,109||3.7%|
|Royalties – International||1,200||0.0%||12,000||0.5%||15,024||1.0%|
|Franchise Fees and Other||1,979||0.1%||2,000||0.1%||14,471||1.0%|
|Total Franchise Royalties and Other||$ 396,256||15.5%||$ 357,411||15.9%||$ 252,551||17.5%|
|Advertising Fund Contributions||149,322||5.8%||135,772||6.1%||75,475||5.2%|
|Total Franchise Revenue||$ 817,064||32.0%||$ 685,494||30.6%||$ 408,638||28.3%|
|Total Revenues:||$ 2,555,642||100.0%||$ 2,242,349||100.0%||$ 1,442,064||100.0%|
|P5 2021 Actual||P5 2021 Budget||P5 2020 Actual|
|Costs and Expenses:|
|Restaurant Operating Costs|
|Cost of Sales||510,119||29.3%||446,428||28.7%||406,071||39.3%|
|Royalties and Advertising||78,201||4.5%||70,515||4.5%||81,959||7.9%|
|Total Rest. Operating Costs||$ 1,352,136||77.8%||$ 1,278,938||82.1%||$ 961,327||93.0%|
|Restaurant Operating Margin||$ 386,441||22.2%||$ 277,917||17.9%||$ 72,099||7.0%|
|Advertising and Related||113,733||13.9%||110,772||16.2%||52,132||12.8%|
|Total Franchising Costs||$ 226,929||27.8%||$ 263,103||38.4%||$ 159,152||38.9%|
|Franchising Margin||$ 590,135||72.2%||$ 422,391||61.6%||$ 249,486||61.1%|
|Total Contribution Margin||$ 976,576||38.2%||$ 700,308||31.2%||$ 321,585||22.3%|
|Depreciation and Amortization||179,485||7.0%||170,000||7.6%||168,829||11.7%|
|General and Administrative||541,056||21.2%||547,274||24.4%||420,111||29.1%|
|Total G&A and Other||$ 736,907||28.8%||$ 738,274||32.9%||$ 594,344||41.2%|
|Net Income||$ 15,297||0.6%||$ (231,966)||(10.3%)||$ (494,759)||(34.3%)|
According to Quiznos income statement, the company lost a lot of money in 2020, and in 2021 it only made 15 thousand dollars in profit. These numbers are concerning, it tells us that the company is not doing well and could go out of business at any point.
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The number of total franchises has been decreasing year after year. 2018 seems to have been the worst year for Quiznos. However, it is noticeable that a lot of Quiznos franchises are doing poorly and they most likely cannot afford to stay open.
Quiznos used to be one of the biggest franchises in the country with over 4,500 units, but it is slowly going out of business for several reasons. The small sales revenue of the franchises is probably the main factor. It is impossible to stay in business when the average franchise makes only 22 thousand dollars. It would take you a literal lifetime to recoup your investment.
On top of that, the franchisor itself is making almost no profit and it is even losing significant amounts of money in some years, this is bad for the franchisees as they do not have a strong company to rely on.
We cannot, in good faith, recommend Quiznos to anyone. Opening a Quiznos franchise might lead to struggle with little to no profit, and that is exactly the opposite of what we want for our readers.
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