name = Tubby's
type = private
foundation = 1968
founder = Richard Paganes
Clinton Charter Township, Michigan
area_served = Michigan (primarily metropolitan Detroit)
num_employees = 68
homepage = [http://www.tubby.com/ Tubby's]
Tubby's is the name of an American
restaurantchain based in Clinton Charter Township, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 1968 in nearby St. Clair Shores, the chain operates more than 50 stores throughout Michigan, primarily in the Detroit metropolitan area. The chain primarily serves submarine sandwichesand salads, along with soft drinks, french friesand soup, and is known for its grilled subs.
Tubby's was founded in 1968 in
St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Founder Richard Paganes, who was 21 at the time, had previously worked at another local sub shop called Dan's, and decided to open his own sub shop. The site of the first Tubby's was chosen after Paganes found himself stopped with a flat tire in front of a building that was for rent. By early 1968, the first Tubby's was opened. It sold twenty-five different varieties of sandwich, all grilled.cite web |url=http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/Tubbys-Inc-Company-History.html |title=Tubby's, Inc. |accessdate=2008-08-22 |work=Funding Universe] He soon opened three more locations nearby, and eventually enlisted the help of his brother Robert. By 1977, the chain had grown to ten locations, and was incorporated as Tubby's Sub Shops, Inc. The first franchised location opened in Madison Heights, and several other locations began offering dine-in as well as carry-out; the Westland location was the first to feature a drive-thruwindow.
By 1986, with fifty locations at the time, the company had gone public. Shortly afterward, the chain acquired a local restaurant called Ricky's Dairy Bar and Luxury Grill. This concept was franchised as well. Tubby's merged with
New Jersey-based Stuff Your Face, Inc., and was renamed as Tubby's, Inc. Paganes then became chairman and CEO of Tubby's, Inc., although he was replaced one year later by Alexander Bardy as CEO.
1990s and 2000s
In 1994, Tubby's also started a concept called Tubby's Café Express, which operated inside five local Sears department stores, including the ones at
Fairlane Town Centerin Dearborn and Oakland Mallin Troy.cite web |url= http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3190/is_n15_v28/ai_15135445
title=Tubby's targets nontraditional sites |accessdate=2008-08-22 |last=Walkup |first=Carolyn |date=1994-04-11 |work=Nation's Restaurant News] They also proposed another prototype, drive-thru-only loaction, and opened locations on the campuses of
Wayne State Universityin Detroit and Ohio State Universityin Columbus, Ohio, as well as one located inside a Detroit hospital.
Later in 1994, however, Bardy was ousted and replaced with Paganes as CEO, and the Café Express concept was abandoned. Locations were also opened in
Floridaand Ohio, and the chain began opening locations inside gas stations as well. Their first location outside the United States opened in Edmonton, Alberta, Canadain 1997, followed by outlets in Indianaand Missouria year later.
After a failed merger with Florida-based Interfoods of America, Tubby's returned to private ownership in 1999. That same year, the chain expanded into
Arizonaas well. [cite web |url=http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-19516309.html |title=Tubby's, Inc. Chooses Phoenix Market as First Expansion West of the Mississippi - 25 Stores Planned Over the Next Five Years |accessdate=2008-08-22 |date=1997-06-20 |work=PR Newswire ] All of the locations outside Michigan were eventually shuttered, however, as the chain chose to focus more on the Detroit area, to compete with national chains such as Quizno'sand Subway. A prototype store, the 100th in the chain, opened in Macomb Township in 2001. This was also the first location in the chain to serve pizza.
Tubby's offers more than twenty different types of submarine sandwiches, most of which are served grilled.cite web |url=http://tubby.com/index_menu.html |title=Tubby's Menu |accessdate=2008-08-22 |work=Tubby's Subs] cite web |url=http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=CR&z=CRGB&p_theme=cr&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EAFEABEF42F5AA0&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM |title=Fill 'er up at Tubby's |accessdate=2008-08-22 |last=Boyer |first=Ann Scholl |date=2000-12-23 |work=Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Gazette] In addition, the chain serves several sides, including french fries, onion rings, potato chips, cheese sticks, and soft drinks.
* [http://www.tubby.com/ Official website]
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