The TOP 10 Best Sandwiches Franchises in USA in 2022

Update: 07.06.2021
The TOP 10 Best Sandwiches Franchises in USA in 2021

Sandwich franchises were not popular in Thailand several years ago. Now they are considered one of the most successful business concepts in the country as well as worldwide. Starting a sandwich franchise the entrepreneur should be ready for a competition with very powerful rivals on the market. To evade the obstacle, it is a good idea to buy a sandwich franchise from a famous brand and to run it in a small town where the competition is not so tough. In the modern world, where food varieties are evolving, sandwiches keep their position as one of the most popular foods at all times. A lot of aspiring entrepreneurs choose sandwich shop franchise opportunities to start their professional future. If you want to open a sandwich shop or bar, you aim for success. Usually, it requires low-cost investment and promises great profits. It is a thriving business opportunity. Feeling convinced that sandwich franchise is right for you? If so, find the one out of our Top 10 list below.

Here are the top 10 best sandwiches franchises in the USA

Firehouse Subs

Founded in: 1994
Franchising since: 1995
Franchise units: 1098 Worldwide
Initial investment: $92,255 - $824,846
Royalty Fees: 6%

Firehouse Subs is a U.S.-based, fast casual restaurant chain founded in 1994 in Jacksonville, Florida by former firefighter brothers Robin and Chris Sorensen. Each Firehouse Subs franchise is decorated with firefighting memorabilia and artwork, with a menu that features hot and cold subs and salads. With strong brand identity, exceptional franchisee relationships, and passionate executive team, Firehouse Subs franchises are perfectly poised for development with the right investor.


Founded in: 1964
Franchising since: 1965
Franchise units: 2000+ Worldwide
Initial investment: $314,550 - $1,844,200
Royalty Fees: 4%

The original Arby's menu consisted of roast beef sandwiches, potato chips and iced tea. Over time other sandwiches, curly fries, milkshakes, meals for kids and light choices have been added to the menu. If franchisees are new, the franchisor requires them to participate in New Franchisee Orientation (NFO). If franchisees are a partnership or corporation, then the franchisor requires that a partner or approved shareholder participate in the NFO.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Founded in: 1977
Franchising since: 2009
Franchise units: 50+ Worldwide
Initial investment: $503,950 - $849,000
Royalty Fees: 4%

Potbelly Corporation is a publicly traded restaurant chain that sells submarine sandwiches and other food in the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Canada and India. The company headquarters are in Chicago, Illinois.

Carl's Jr.

Founded in: 1945
Franchise since: 1984
Franchise units: 3,500+ Worldwide
Initial investments: $1,375,000 - $1,952,000
Initial Franchise Fee: $25,000 - $35,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 4%
Ad Royalty Fee: to 7%

Carl's Jr. Restaurants LLC is an American fast food restaurant chain operated by CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc. As of 2017, CKE (the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's) has a total of 3,665 franchised or company-operated restaurants in worldwide.


Founded in: 1965
Franchising since: 1974
Franchise units: 42,000+ Worldwide
Initial investment: $150,050 - $328,700
Royalty Fees: 8%

Subway is an American privately held fast food restaurant franchise that primarily sells submarine sandwiches and salads. The story of the Subway brand started more than 50 years ago by 17-year-old Fred DeLuca. Today Subway serves about 5,300 sandwiches every 60 seconds, which is roughly 320,000 sandwiches every hour.

Charleys Philly Steaks

Founded in: 1986
Franchising since: 1991
Franchise units: 400+ Worldwide
Initial investment: $252,081 - $580,538
Royalty Fees: 6%

Charleys Philly Steaks is an American restaurant chain of Philly cheesesteak stores founded in 1986. Its headquarters is in Columbus, Ohio. The lowest you can expect to invest is $127,500 if you want to become a franchisee. There is currently a total of 400 units in operation.

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

Founded in: 2003
Franchising since: 2004
Franchise units: 450+ Worldwide
Initial investment: $203,000 - $495,250
Royalty Fees: 6%

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches is an American fast casual restaurant chain specializing in sandwiches and salads. To order at Which Wich, guests mark their custom orders on sandwich bags with menus printed on them, choosing the type of sandwich, size, bread, cheese, spreads and vegetables.

Pita Pit

Founded in: 1995
Franchising since: 1997
Franchise units: 600+ Worldwide
Initial investment: $216,354 - $435,102
Royalty Fees: 5%

Pita Pit International brings the highly successful Pita Pit concept created in Canada to customers throughout the world, outside of the USA and Canada. Pita Pit offers Lebanese-style pita sandwiches packed with fresh veggies, grilled meats and zesty sauces. With more than 20 pita fillings & 40 toppings to mix and match, Pita Pit provides you millions of possible combinations so that eating healthy never gets old.

Mr. Goodcents

Founded in: 1989
Franchising since: 1991
Franchise units: 76
Initial investment: $211,432 - $431,843
Royalty Fees: 6%

Mr. Goodcents franchised locations offer dine-in, carry-out and delivery of salads, soup, pastas and submarine sandwiches ranging from traditional turkey, ham and cheese or meatball, to specialties like the Mr. Goodcents Combo, which features ham, bologna, salami and pepperoni.

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop

Founded in: 1976
Franchising since: 1991
Franchise units: 88
Initial investment: $365,000 - $793,217
Royalty Fees: 6%

Capriotti's sandwiches are flavorful, made with award-winning traditional recipes, and fresh ingredients. Capriotti’s became famous for its nightly tradition of slow-roasting whole, all-natural turkeys in-house and hand-shredding them each morning to feature in a variety of fan-favorite subs. Besides being committed to the quality of our food, we are also committed to our family of sub shop franchise partners. In 2014, Forbes ranked Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop as one of The 10 Best Food Franchises for Your Buck.

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