Skip to comments.Quiznos files for bankruptcy (tough week for fast food chains)
Posted on 03/15/2014 12:02:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Quiznos has filed for bankruptcy protection, five days after the Sbarro pizza chain did the same.
Executives at the restaurant chain, known for its toasted sandwiches, agreed to a restructuring plan that will reduce its debt by more than $400 million, the company said in a statement Friday.
All but seven of Quizno's 2,100 restaurants in the United States and 30 other countries are independently owned franchises, and will remain open and operating as usual. Quiznos once had more than 5,000 stores and could have threatened rival Subway's hold on the sub market. But now, Subway has nearly 20 times the number of stores, with about 40,000 locations in 100 countries.
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They make shitty sandwiches (and small). Try Jersey Mikes - the real deal. I’m sure they’re doing great.
Importantly they are going Chapter 11, which is reorganization, not Chapter 7, which is liquidation.
From here there are two directions they could go. The first is that they can legitimately restructure their debt and continue operations. The other, however, is that their executives loot the company, and then when it is stripped to the bones, go Chapter 7, which rips off all their creditors and shareholders.
Given that Quiznos has been in a downward spiral for years, with other chains adopting their good idea of toasted sandwiches, and selling them at lower prices; and the state of the industry as a whole; it is likely that they are going to take the latter course.
While they might screw their franchisees, they might just cut them loose so they can join other franchise operations, or start their own business. They’ll probably screw them as well.
I’ve always liked Quiznos and their food. Clean stores, etc.
BUT I never, never, ever knew that it was something you didn’t buy as a frozen sandwich in a grocery store. Because they never, ever include an address in their marketing campaigns.
They were generic ads with no ties to local franchisees, I guess.
Not the best business strategy in the world. Two of the ones that were near me are long gone. I discovered them by accident one day because they were next door to a place I was going for a haircut.
People don't have the money to purchase fast food.
Haven’t been in Quiznos for five years. THey kept me nourished on a cross-country drive back then, the only fast-food place I could get VEGGIES. They had a nice zucchini dish I ate from coast to coast. It’s not on their menu now. Perhaps they have financial trouble because they changed the menu to be more like everyone else.
Every time I think of Quiznos, I see that rat-like creature they shared with us in that memorable TV spot.
~~~People don’t have the money to purchase fast food.~~~
I hear ya.
But ‘the economy is improving a rapid rate’.
Or so sayeth Propaganda Central.
Around here, the Quizno's closed and the McDonald's parking lot is never over crowded. But at lunch, the line goes out the door at Chipolte, Panera, and a small chain sub shop DiBella's. What do the three have in common? Serious initiatives to provide what I call "pure food" and other healthy choices. Lunch costs about $8, but with an amount of food so large it can serve two, they're cheaper than Subway or McDonald's.
Tell me about Jersey Mikes - I go by those stores every day.
Bring back salt and beef tallow and McDonald’s will be roaring.
Perhaps they have financial trouble because you stopped eating their nice zucchini dish?
After that horrid little creature in their commercials, I’m surprised it took them this long to close the doors.
Didn’t Quizno’s spend an incredible amount of money promoting the sale of franchises? Maybe without market research or strong enough quality assurance. Bet the management who sold the franchises isn’t in any bankruptcy trouble!
Kind of hard to envision in a country that has almost 10 million Millionaires.
Maybe their food sucks.
Jersey Mike’s..,Think of one notch above Subway.
If there is a Firehouse Subs near you go there.
Jimmy Johns is good also.
I used to like Quiznos. Got turned off by their deceptive advertizing and inconsistent quality.
One store would be good, another lousy.
Jersey Mikes is good. Big subs w/ the meat sliced in front of your eyes. Order whatever you get “Mike’s way” w/ onions and oil/vinegar.
For me, Publix has the best subs because I can get Boars Head meat. Parking, and walking into a supermarket just doesn’t work sometimes - if it’s a busy Publix, you’ll wait a bit.
Also, up north - Wegmans has great subs.
I come from the sub capital of the world - central PA. Cellinis in Montoursville or even better Ed’s Market is where it begins and ends.
Definitely prefer Quiznos to Subway. Better subs, better salads.
Of course, none of these chains can hold a candle to the old Mom and Pop sub shops back East that I could get as a kid.
Jimmy Johns is good - love their gargantuan (for $9 though?).
Problem with them is the portion size. By FAR the smallest of the sub chains.
Here in Florida you can get the best subs at the Publix deli. Better meat (Boar’s Head) and more fixings just the way you want. A whole sandwich is good for 2 meals.
Or maybe that unfailingly surly treatment caused their bankruptcy. Chicken, meet egg.
Agree - love my Publix. Thankful I live in an area where it isn’t overcrowded - even this time of year.
.makes me feel really powerful.:)
I’m living in a sheltered world. I have never heard of a majority of these establishments, RIP.
You’re missing out on NOTHING, BigIsleGal. I’d much rather go out to the yard and pick a pineapple.
Went through a Wendy’s this last week while in the city late at night. Hadn’t been to one in several months. Used to get their Junior Bacon Cheeseburger for $.99 with lettuce, tomato, onions and light mayo at least once a week. It now begins at $1.29 and the one I stopped at charges extra for the cheese, lettuce, tomato and onions. By the time I added these things it was up to $2.19. Not a whole lot of money but to more than double in price is mind blowing. Told them no thanks and drove home and scrambled some eggs!
From what I’ve read, Quiznos screws-over their franchisees.
You may have noticed from the article that Quiznos only has 7 restaurants ,,, the rest are franchises and of 5000 franchisees only 2000 remain ... my neighbor had a Quiznos franchise ,,, the restaurant equipment they were forced to buy was very much substandard ,, I personally repaired their conveyor toaster twice... their support was terrible assuring that franchisees would fail. in one year (I think around 2005??) Quiznos almost doubled it’s number of outlets ... they took peoples money and left them to drown.
Used to eat their food once in a while, then the "Toasty" commercial came out and something about it seemed border-line homo-appeal, so I stopped.
Now that they are doing the bankruptcy thing, It makes me wonder what comes first; fiscal problems or the sudden change to try to attract homosexuals - seems like a lot of companies have both on the table - business problems and make-you-feel-grimy commercials.
Thanks for all the advice - I appreciate it. I come from NYC - the land of heroes!
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