JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The award-winning fast casual restaurant chain Firehouse Subs® is heating up Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana with a development plan for more than 75 new restaurants, with the biggest growth opportunity in Chicago. Setting the region ablaze with new locations is area representative and restaurant industry veteran Sam Stanovich. A Chicago native with more than 20 years of hospitality experience, Stanovich is eager to continue bringing the delicious flavors and philanthropic goodwill of Firehouse Subs to the region he loves.

Stanovich’s resume includes leadership positions at Marriott International and the National Restaurant Association (NRA), where he most recently served as director of product partner development and industry relations. His restaurant industry connectivity and numerous board memberships – including Northern Illinois Chapter of International Food Service Executives Association, Fast Casual Industry Council, and American Culinary Federation Chicago Chefs of Cuisines – provides Stanovich strong industry knowledge to feed his future successes at Firehouse Subs.

“Born and raised in Chicago and surrounded by family and lifelong friends, I am deeply invested in the Chicago community and am thrilled to join the Firehouse Subs Family. I was drawn to the brand’s spirit of hospitality, delicious and high-quality food, and commitment to public safety through Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®,” says Sam Stanovich, area representative for the Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana market. “I saw a company with a great story and strong track record of success, whose founders and leadership share the same entrepreneurial spirit as me, and I feel right at home.”

As area representative to the emerging territory, Stanovich’s responsibilities include selling Firehouse Subs franchises and providing marketing and operational support to franchisees, bringing an expected 1,100 new jobs to Chicagoland. This entrepreneurial model provides a caliber of support and continuity of relationships that cannot be achieved through traditional franchise models. Firehouse Subs’ commitment to sustaining a profitable business and strong brand identity has led to individual and company-wide success, and many aspiring entrepreneurs are eager to join Firehouse Subs.

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About Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs® is a fast casual restaurant chain with a passion for Hearty and Flavorful Food, Heartfelt Service and Public Safety. Founded by brothers and former firefighters Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, Firehouse Subs is a brand built on decades of fire and police service, steaming hot subs piled higher with the highest quality meats and cheeses and its commitment to saving lives through the creation of Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®. The founders are the real deal, the food is their creation and the company is built upon a family of franchise operators who share their same passion for serving others. In 2014, Firehouse Subs debuted nationwide a new low-calorie menu, Under 500 Calories.Firehouse Subs consistently ranks No. 1 among fast casual brands in the categories of food quality, friendly service and taste and flavor. In 2015, Firehouse Subs was ranked No. 1 consumer choice for welcoming and comfortable atmosphere by Technomic’s 2015 Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Awards, and the brand produced the second-fastest growth in U.S. franchise units as ranked by Nation’s Restaurant News.


43 states, Puerto Rico and Canada

940+ restaurants

$15+ million donated to public safety organizations

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.