The first Tubby's Sub Shop was founded in 1968 by Richard Paganes, who at the time was 21 years old, in the Detroit suburb of St. Clair Shores at 13 Mile and Harper. The popular and now famous Tubby's Subs with their unique flavor, high quality products and generous portions quickly became a Detroit area favorite. His pioneering vision and unwavering commitment to quality products and customer service are the cornerstones of Tubby's success.
In 1978 the company awarded its first franchise store at 14 Mile and Ryan in Sterling Heights. A number of dine-in locations opened soon after followed by the first drive-through restaurant in Westland in the early 1980's. Growth has been at a deliberate pace. Quality of franchisees and store locations rather than the quantity of stores in operation are the guiding rules. That philosophy stems from the fact that Tubby's Sub Shops was started as a family owned, family operated business. The family tradition continues with Robert Paganes, Richard Paganes' brother, being the companies current CEO. Tubby's first website was launched in 1996 where perspective franchisees could learn how to tap into Tubby's success.
Tubby's believes firmly in teamwork, active employee relations and proactive public relations to maintain efficient operations and a highly visible positive public image. Presently Tubby's is a proud sponsor of the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Lions showing their pride in the community. Tubby's also participates in Park It Family Fun Nights, which provides neighborhood concerts and movie nights free of charge along with many other charitable contributions throughout the year.
Over and above all else, Tubby's has an unsurpassed commitment to quality and the delivery of only superior quality subs and many other menu items. Customer's eating habits, food trends and tastes may all change but the quality is and always will be a constant with Tubby's.
Tubby's has over 65 locations throughout Michigan and is continuing to expand.
Here we have outlined the specific steps in our discovery process:
STEP ONE: (Initial Phase) Online Formal Application (pdf file) completed and received by Tubby's Corporate office
Tubby's representative contacts you via email within 24-48 business hours
Tubby's reviews the Formal Application and conducts credit check
STEP TWO: (You are now a Qualified Candidate)
Meeting at our corporate offices to answer any further questions regarding location, new or existing and time frame
Uniform Offering Circular document will be given for review
STEP THREE: (Final Step)
Pay Initial franchise fee and sign Franchise Agreement
Set up training with our training manager at one of our company stores
Attend Discovery Day. Here you will meet with all of our corporate departments. You will be educated in bookkeeping and financial techniques, grand opening procedures and any other information to help you run the business successfully
To become a Tubby's DA, the following cirteria will be considered:
- Financial capability to purchase the marketing rights to the area
- Ability to develop three to five stores within the first two years of the agreement date
- Experience to manage the growth of the Tubby's concept(s) within the market
- Restaurant experience; fast food knowledge; management skills
- Lease negotiation skills and construction knowledge