Franchise Overview

“In 2002, I purchased a Blimpie. We loved the business model, the product quality and attention to customer service. My wife and I could not be happier.” - Bill M., Blimpie Franchisee, Iowa

One American Dream turned into Blimpie. America’s Sub Shop.

Tony Conza, Blimpie’s founder, had a big American Dream and a simple restaurant idea: pile on the finest quality meats, cheeses and toppings on freshly baked bread right in front of the customer. It’s was an idea ahead of its time. Tony knew back then what so many people know now, the power of quality ingredients, customized by the customer at a great value. The first Blimpie submarine sandwich restaurant opened on April 4, 1964.

The BLIMPIE Franchisee

Do you have the passion for quality food, excellent customer service and being your own boss? The Blimpie Franchisee shares Tony’s passion for being a sandwich artist and they see a demand for the quality Blimpie products that has remained for more than five decades, and will continue for many, many more! The Blimpie Franchisee also values the repeatable systems, simple operations and production process that results in very low waste. The outcome is a winning combination of why Blimpie has such a loyal following of not only customers, but also operating franchisees.

Join A Bigger Family.

Kahala Brands, the franchisor of Blimpie, is one of the fastest growing food franchise companies in the world with over 2500 restaurants around the globe. With a large selection of high-quality, quick-service restaurant brands, Kahala is dedicated to developing tested business models while providing its Franchisees with tools and support.

Kahala's leaders have spent more than 20 years building not only a company, but rather a community based on support, trust and independence through interdependence. Our community is made up of passionate franchisees, respected vendors and a dedicated and talented support staff who all work together to ensure your success.

Kahala is structured to support its franchisee’s business by achieving synergies and costs-savings for the franchise community by bundling “back of the house” functions, where the entire franchise community benefits from shared teams in purchasing, finance, real estate, business training and IT to capitalize on economies of scale. Each brand, however, operates independently when it comes to developing, operating and marketing the individual concepts. A brand president is at the heart of the business and is equipped with a team of passionate sales, marketing and operations talent to support Blimpie sub sandwich franchises and its franchisees. This type of support is unique in the food franchise industry and sets Kahala apart from its competitors.

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