Local Restaurateur Family Opens First Firehouse Subs in Leland
Restaurant Features Curbside Pickup For Quick, Easy Takeout
September 30, 2020 // Franchising.com // LELAND, N.C. - Firehouse Subs announces the grand opening of its first location in Leland, North Carolina, at 3572 Leland Town Center Road. The restaurant will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, September 30, under the ownership of Firehouse Subs Franchisees Louis and Jan Tabor. This is the third Firehouse Subs restaurant in the greater Wilmington area.
This opening marks the third restaurant for the Tabors, who opened their first restaurant in Wilmington back in 2006 and a second restaurant in 2008. Their son, Chris, has helped run one of their Wilmington restaurants for more than a decade and will now manage the new Leland restaurant.
“Owning and operating our family-owned restaurants has been a true passion for us, and we’re so excited to expand our business once again,” said Louis Tabor. “We get up every morning happy to go to work because we love what we do and believe we serve the best subs out there.”
“I love getting to know our regulars and making sure their experience with us is above and beyond,” said Jan Tabor. “They come in to celebrate birthdays with us, milestones and achievements like getting a new car or even buying a home. It’s been 14 years since we started this business, and it’s still amazing to hear our guests tell us they love our food and our service.”
The Leland Firehouse Subs restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. The restaurant features online ordering through the Firehouse Subs app or website, call-in phone orders, curbside pickup and takeout service at the counter inside. Following state and local regulations, limited dine-in seating will be available as well. The restaurant also offers third-party delivery and in-house catering services to accommodate occasions of all sizes, from office meetings to family gatherings.
These franchisees are dedicated to sharing the brand’s commitment to giving back through Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which has granted more than $121,000 in the Wilmington area. A portion of every sale at any Firehouse Subs in the U.S. benefits the Foundation, allowing the Foundation to achieve its mission of providing lifesaving equipment, funding and education to first responders and public safety organizations across the country.
Firehouse Subs serves a variety of hot specialty subs, piled high with premium meats and cheeses that are sliced fresh daily in-restaurant and steamed together to bring out the ingredients’ natural flavors, served “Fully Involved®” with fresh produce and condiments. In addition to its signature subs, the restaurant offers a variety of catering options from sandwich and dessert platters to salads and snacks to fuel any occasion.
Founded by former firefighting brothers, the restaurant décor reflects the founding family’s decades of fire and police service with gear and photos donated by local fire departments. It boasts a custom, hand-painted mural by Chief Mural Artist Joe Puskas, featuring a local hero from the Leland Fire Department in front of the Leland Town Hall and road that leads into town. The fire truck featured in the mural is a new vehicle the department is receiving next year. Since the opening of the first Firehouse Subs in 1994, Puskas and his team have painted more than 1,180 murals from his studio at Firehouse Subs Headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla.
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. The 501(c)(3) Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $53 million to hometown heroes in 49 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Each restaurant recycles five-gallon pickle buckets, available to guests for a $3 donation to the Foundation. Donation canisters on register counters explain the nonprofit’s mission and collect spare change, while the Round Up Program allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. All funds raised benefit the Foundation.
About Firehouse Subs
Firehouse Subs® is a fast-casual restaurant chain with a passion for hearty and flavorful food, heartfelt service and public safety. Founded in Jacksonville, Florida in 1994 by brothers and former firefighters Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, Firehouse Subs is a brand built on decades of fire and police service, hot subs, steamed and piled high with the highest quality meats and cheeses and its commitment to saving lives through the establishment of the non-profit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®. The founders are the real deal, the food is their creation and the brand is a family of franchise operators who share their same passion for generously serving food and community. This year, Firehouse of America and Firehouse Subs suppliers will together donate a portion of purchases at Firehouse Subs locations to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for the purchase of lifesaving equipment, with a minimum donation of $1 million. Firehouse Subs is consistently recognized as one of the leading brands in the U.S. among consumers. Based on recent Technomic Ignite consumer data, Firehouse Subs is currently ranked America’s No. 1 Favorite Fast-Casual Chain, America’s No. 1 Favorite Sandwich Chain and America’s No. 4 Favorite Chain overall. In 2019, Firehouse Subs was named the No. 1 brand in the restaurant industry that “Supports Local Community Activities” and ranked No. 1 among Fast Casual brands in the categories of Food Quality, Taste and Flavor, and Service and Hospitality in Technomic’s Consumer Brand Metrics rankings.
Enjoy more subs. Save more lives. To learn more, visit https://www.firehousesubs.com/
- More than 1,180 restaurants in 46 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and non-traditional locations
- $53 million+ granted to public safety organizations via Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®
- Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.
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