Penn Station East Coast Subs Donates More Than $160,000 To Down Syndrome Organizations
March 31, 2020 // Franchising.com // MILFORD, OHIO - Penn Station East Coast Subs has donated $161,000 to Down syndrome organizations across the country after its first systemwide roundup campaign. From March 1 to March 21, customers were able to roundup their change or their dollars as a donation to their local Down syndrome organization. Penn Station, Inc. also donated $50,000 to the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network.
“We are grateful for our customers’ generosity and the strength and resilience of our franchisees and valued guests, who continued to support their local Down syndrome organizations during this trying time in our country,” said Craig Dunaway, president of Penn Station East Coast Subs. “We were thrilled to expand our roundup campaign systemwide this year after a successful trial run in Dayton and Cincinnati in 2019. Local Down syndrome organizations provide extraordinary education, support and advocacy for people with Down syndrome. We are honored to be able to support Down syndrome organizations throughout the country with this donation.”
The mission of the Down Syndrome Association is to empower individuals, educate families, enhance communities and celebrate the extraordinary lives of people with Down syndrome. Local Down syndrome organizations utilize contributions and funds to provide a wide variety of ongoing programs and support services to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
Penn Station Founder and CEO Jeff Osterfeld has several close friends with children with Down syndrome and has been a supporter of these organizations for years, and several Penn Station franchisees and their families are impacted by relatives, friends and direct family members who have Down syndrome.
About Penn Station East Coast Subs
Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1985, Penn Station serves an assortment of fresh-grilled and cold deli sandwiches, wraps and salads made to order with high-quality ingredients. The menu also includes fresh-cut fries, hand-squeezed lemonade made throughout the day and fresh-baked chocolate chunk cookies baked in the restaurant.
Penn Station has more than 310 locations in 15 states including Ohio, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and now Nebraska. A brand that prides itself on longevity, Penn Station is celebrating 35 years in business in 2020.
With all but one store being franchised, Penn Station focuses on franchisee’s profitability and return on investment. This mentality led to Penn Station being named one of the Best Franchises to Buy by Forbes in 2016, 2018 and 2019 and one of the Best Franchise Deals by QSR Magazine in 2016 and 2017.
Penn Station partners with local Down syndrome associations to raise money. Each March, Penn Station hosts a systemwide campaign to raise money for the local Down syndrome associations across the Midwest and Southeast, donating almost $300,000 in 2019 and 2020.
Projections call for the opening of 10 to 15 restaurants nationwide in 2020. Penn Station is targeting Kansas City, Omaha, Charlotte, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Richmond and Raleigh for franchise expansion. For more information, visit www.penn-station.com.
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