5 Tips for Running a Sandwich Shop

Running a sandwich shop may sound easy — how hard can it be to put a few ingredients in between pieces of bread and serve it with chips? — but there is a lot more to consider than ham versus turkey. Consider things like your location, your employees, your team, and of course your menu. If you want to succeed at owning your own sandwich shop, these five tips can help you.

1. Study Your Customers

The customers are the lifeblood of a sandwich shop, so think about them with every move you make. This is especially important before you pick your location, because where your franchise is located is directly related to the customers that come in. Before you sign a lease, make sure you have thought about how the location may impact how your business runs.

2. Work with a Great Team

Your employees are critical to running a sandwich shop well. It goes without saying that everyone needs to have the proper licenses and permits to handle and serve food, but there is more than that. Hire people who are comfortable working with customers to make a visit to your restaurant a pleasant one. Train your employees to make sandwiches that look as good as they taste and keep strict standards on cleanliness. Finally, make sure that you work with a team of people you can trust to run the shop in your absence because you certainly cannot be there all day, every day (and why would you want to?).

3. Focus on Your Menu

Sandwiches are delicious and not exactly difficult to find, so make sure that you have something special to set your sandwich shop apart. You don’t want your restaurant to blend in with others but you also want to avoid being too gimmicky so find what works for you. Focus on creating delicious, high-quality food that customers will love to come back for.

4. Pay Attention to Customers

After you have opened for business, make a point to listen to your customers to improve your shop. Ask customers for feedback on your food, atmosphere, employees, and service and then take their suggestions to heart (within reason). Customers appreciate when you take the time to follow through on their suggestions. Create a loyal fan base by giving your customers what they want.

5. Choose a Franchise

Owning an independent sandwich shop might sound like a good plan, but there is a lot of work and risk involved in starting a business from scratch. Joining a sandwich franchise lets you skip ahead several steps — finding a name and logo, choosing a menu, writing operations manuals, deciding policies and procedures, etc. — so you can jump right in to running a sandwich shop. In addition, you can choose a franchise system that has a culture of support to help its franchisees build strong businesses.

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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.