First Coast Success: Firehouse Subs

Two brothers founded Jacksonville-based Firehouse Subs in 1994 and the chain has grown from one store along San Jose Boulevard to more than 488 restaurants in 28 states and Puerto Rico.

Chris and Robin Sorensen, sons of a fire captain and former firefighters themselves, created a venture that now has 29 company-owned restaurants, a testing and catering center, and a franchise operation that has taken the Firehouse Subs brand cross-country.

With 7,000 employees throughout the system, and 55 at the Kori Road headquarters, the family run company continues to grow in size and reputation.

Last summer, it was ranked at the top of the food chain in a Consumer Reports survey of sandwiches and subs.

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