The Outlook for the Restaurant Industry in 2018

This just in: People love to eat good food. Wait, that’s not a news bulletin, it’s common knowledge. The restaurant industry has seen steady growth in the last several years, making now a great time to invest in a sub franchise.

To understand the restaurant industry outlook in 2018, you have to look at a few factors together. We will start with how the industry ended in 2017, then look at growth forecasts in the restaurant industry and the economy as a whole for 2018, and finally examine some trends for the coming year.

Year End Numbers

Food service ended 2017 with an estimated $799 billion in revenue, which is a 4.3% increase from the previous year. In fact, according to that same data, restaurants have seen consistent growth in the last 4 or 5 years, even when you account for inflation.

Even more significant for prospective investors, $324 billion of the year’s total industry growth went to fast casual or quick service restaurants — things like sub franchises that offer quick, high-quality, and healthy meals without the full-service restaurant price tag. Consumers are spending an average of $144 per month on eating outside the home, with the millennial generation spending even more.

Forecasts

The economy as a whole has a profound influence on consumers’ spending. Unemployment in the U.S. is low, and discretionary spending is on a slow but steady rise. Consumer spending is sitting comfortably high, and 2018 looks like that spending should remain steady throughout the year.

In the restaurant industry specifically, things are expected to at least stay on the same level as they were in 2017. 58 percent of restaurant owners/managers expect that their sales will increase in 2018.

Trends

Restaurant trends in 2018 should follow along many of the same lines as 2017. Consumers still want high quality food with fresh ingredients that is still affordable. So, investing in a sub franchise that specializes in quality meats, fine cheese, and freshly sliced veggies will be right on trend. In addition, consumers wanting their food to be affordable means that the fast casual growth is likely to continue as that is truly the best model for giving customers the quality of food they seek at a price they can afford.

Similarly, takeout and delivery is increasingly popular. There are a host of apps that pick up food from virtually any restaurant, and consumers are utilizing these, so many restaurants that don’t offer delivery in house are able to accommodate that desire.

Jon Smith Subs

If you’re looking at the fast casual restaurant space, Jon Smith Subs is the place to be. We have 30 years of experience making delicious sandwiches — made from fresh grilled chicken and delicious grilled steak, along with a host of veggies, cheeses, breads, and sides — and we are equipped to set up our franchisees for success. With our parent company, United Franchise Group, we have the infrastructure in place to help your sub franchise take advantage of everything the restaurant industry has to offer in 2018.

When you own a Jon Smith’s Subs franchise you will be fully equipped to offer consumers the highest quality food at affordable prices that they love. If you are looking for a franchise opportunity, check us out!

Are You Right for the Jon Smith Subs Franchise Opportunity?

At Jon Smith Subs, we are excited to offer our sub shop franchises to smart, hard-working people all over the country. We lend our expertise to help our franchisees thrive, and we expect that our franchisees are willing to put in the time and effort to grow their businesses.

So who are we looking for to own a Jon Smith Subs franchise?

Background

The great thing about franchising with Jon Smith Subs is that we have a turnkey business model and thorough training, so you do not necessarily need experience owning a business or a restaurant in order to succeed with our brand. Although a background in restaurants or business ownership is a definite plus, they are not requirements.

People from a wide variety of backgrounds have found success owning sub shop franchises. There are skills you learn at many jobs that translate well into business ownership. Corporate workers, restaurant managers, and business investors all are great candidates to own a Jon Smith Subs franchise.

Skills

Much more important than your background are the skills you have gained throughout your life. Whether you learned them in school, work, hobbies, or elsewhere, the skills you possess are a greater indicator of whether you will be successful as a franchise owner. Here are some of the skills we look for:

  • Management
  • Customer service
  • People skills
  • Goal-setting
  • Budgets and finances
  • Delegating
  • Multi-tasking
  • Project management

These are just some of the skills that will be useful to you as a business owner.

Notice that things like sandwich making and running a restaurant are not listed among these skills. This is because those are skills that we can easily teach you in our training program.

Personality

In addition to skills you have learned in your career, your personality is a factor in your success as a franchisee. We are the first to say that owning a franchise isn’t for everyone because it requires hard work and dedication to our system. You are a great fit for franchise ownership if you are:

  • Willing to work hard: Even though we have a turnkey business model that we will teach you in training, there is still a significant amount of work to get your business up and running.
  • Ready to follow our system: We have built our brand on a set of principles and procedures that have earned us great success over the last 30 years. We share that success with our sub shop franchises, so we ask that our franchisees follow our system to maximize their own success.
  • Interested in learning new skills: Life is a constant journey of learning, and owning your own business is certainly no exception. Throughout the entire franchise process — from discovery day to training to opening your doors — there are new things to learn.
  • Can focus on the big picture: When you go through the process of opening a business and then running it every day, it can be easy to get bogged down in all the little things that need to happen daily. Focus on the big picture to follow your business plan and stay on top of your long term goals as well as the short term ones.

Owning sub shop franchises requires more than just the willingness to pay the startup costs; we want to ensure that you will be a good fit with our system, and that our brand is a good fit for you.

To find out more about who we are looking for to own a Jon Smith Subs franchise, contact us today!

What License Do I Need to Open a Sandwich Shop Franchise?

If you’re thinking of opening your own sandwich shop franchise, chances are you’ve already realized that there are a number of licenses and permits required to open your new business. Navigating these requirements can be complicated and can take some time and careful research. One of the benefits of franchising with an established brand like Jon Smith Subs is relying on our expertise to help you get your business open quickly and lawfully. Having been in business since 1988, we know a thing or two about licensing. Here are some of the most common licenses you’ll need to earn when you open up your new sub shop.

Business License

In order to do business in the United States, you’ll first need to acquire a business license. The cost of these licenses varies depending on location, type of business, and how much profit you can expect to earn. These license requirements vary from state to state, and often need to be renewed annually. A simple Google search of “business license” + your state should give you more specific information on the requirements in your area.

Food Service License

One key license in our business is the food service license, which allows you to prepare and serve food from your sandwich shop. When you apply for your license, you can expect a visit from your local health department. They will inspect your restaurant to ensure that it is clean and safe. Once this is done, you can look forward to future visits from the health department in order to maintain your license. At Jon Smith Subs, cleanliness is one of our core values. Following the procedures we’ve developed will help ensure that you’re able to earn and keep your food service license.

Sign Permit

Every business needs to advertise itself, so a sign permit is key. Before you can put up signage on your brand new location, you’ll need to get the approval of your local authorities. They will want to know all about the size and type of sign you’ll be putting up, and you’ll need a sign permit in order to proceed.

These are just a few of the licenses and permits you’ll need to get before your new sandwich shop can open for business. At Jon Smith Subs, we have 30 years of experience dealing with a variety licenses and can help you complete all the necessary steps to get your business up and running.

If you’d like to learn more about how Jon Smith Subs can help jump start your new sandwich shop business, give us a call today at 1-888-978-3171 or visit us online at https://jonsmithsubsfranchise.com.

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How to Start a Sandwich Shop of Your Own

If you’ve been paying attention to trends in the restaurant industry, you already know that sandwich shops are a popular option for customers who are looking for quick and fresh meals on the go. Wondering how to start a sandwich shop of your own? You’re in the right place.

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Franchising or Starting From Scratch?

The first decision you will need to make is what kind of business model you’d like to develop. Would you rather start your own sandwich shop from scratch, or franchise with a larger brand? While both of these options have their advantages, franchising with a larger brand like Jon Smith Subs means valuable support for you. We have the experience and the resources to help you get your location started strong, and can help you tackle any challenges that may arise as you go through the process of opening your store.

Choosing a Franchise

If you choose to franchise rather than open a new business from scratch, there are many brands for you to choose from. Do some careful research to learn about the investment required for each, what type of training and support you can expect, and what kind of brand recognition you can count on. When you become a franchisee, the reputation of the larger brand will influence your location. At Jon Smith Subs, we’ve built a reputation for quality and cleanliness since 1988 that we are proud to share with our franchisees. Customers know that when they decide to eat at one off our restaurants, they can expect quality ingredients and great service that can’t be matched.

Choosing a Location

Location is key in the restaurant business, and choosing the location of your new sandwich shop is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. No matter where you’re opening your sandwich shop, you’ll want to make sure that it is centrally located so customers can easily stop in. When you choose to franchise with Jon Smith Subs, part of the support we are proud to offer is helping you to choose a location. We’ve conducted extensive research on target markets and can help you decide on the best possible spot for your sandwich shop to open.

These are just a few tips on how to get started opening your own sandwich shop. If you’d like to learn more about franchising with Jon Smith Subs, we can give you even more information. Give us a call today at 1-888-978-3171 or visit us online at https://jonsmithsubsfranchise.com to learn more.

Why Jon Smith Subs Is One of the Top Sub Sandwich Franchises in America

If you are thinking of opening a sandwich shop, you’ve come to the right place. At Jon Smith Subs, we take franchising as seriously as we take our sandwiches. This post will talk about a few of the many reasons why Jon Smith Subs is a cut above the competition. These are important points for you to consider as you go about learning how to open a small sandwich shop.

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Our Menu Is Top-Notch

If you’re thinking of starting your own sandwich shop, the first thing you should consider is the product you will be selling. At Jon Smith Subs, our sandwiches are beloved among our customers because of the attention to quality we give to each of our subs. Our marinated steak is grilled to order, all of our vegetables are fresh and cut daily, and our breads are all fresh-baked.

When you eat at Jon Smith Subs, you will definitely taste the difference when it comes to the ingredients we use. In addition, while some of our competition doesn’t offer much in the way of side dishes, we are proud to serve fries at our restaurant. We’ve found that one of our subs with a side of fries is a truly satisfying meal. While some of our competitors might be tempted to save time by taking shortcuts, at Jon Smith Subs, we pride ourselves on putting quality first.

Our Restaurants Are Clean and Comfortable

Another important point to keep in mind as you research how to open a sandwich shop is the atmosphere you want to cultivate in your restaurant. At Jon Smith Subs, our restaurants are all cleaned systematically every day from front to back, ensuring that our customers can enjoy their subs in a safe and comfortable environment.

Another way we help to keep our customers comfortable is by bringing their food right to their table rather than calling them up to the counter when their order is ready. This attention to customer service has helped Jon Smith Subs develop a reputation as a quality restaurant ideal for a relaxing meal.

Learn More about Opening a Sandwich Shop

If you’d like to learn more about what sets Jon Smith Subs apart, visit our website at https://jonsmithsubsfranchise.com. Our franchise page and our blog contain helpful information for new franchisees who are thinking of opening a sandwich shop. You can also give us a call at 1-888-978-3171. We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon!