Longtime Restaurateur Brings Lifesaving Sandwiches to Hickory 

with Firehouse Subs® Opening

HICKORY, N.C. – September 5, 2022 – Firehouse Subs® is pleased to announce the grand opening of its newest North Carolina restaurant, located in Hickory at 1025 2nd St NE. The restaurant, owned by longtime Firehouse Subs franchisee Larry Chandler, is the brand's second location in the city.

“Hickory's rapid economic development, combined with its historic reputation, make it the perfect location for our newest Firehouse Subs," said Larry Chandler. "I have many family members, friends and special connections that live in this area, so I look forward to bringing them and the community our hearty subs, while giving back to the area’s local first responder heroes through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.” 

Since joining the Firehouse Subs family in 2004, Franchisee Larry Chandler has become an impactful leader within the Firehouse Subs brand. With multiple decades of restaurant experience, Larry’s commitment to his restaurants and crew members spanning both North and South Carolina is a blueprint for other franchisees across the Firehouse Subs system. 

Larry is dedicated to the brand’s commitment of giving back through Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which has granted more than $859,000 to first responder organizations across the greater Charlotte area, including Hickory Police Department and Hickory Fire Department. A portion of every purchase at any Firehouse Subs in the U.S. benefits the Foundation, allowing it to achieve its mission of providing lifesaving equipment, funding and education to first responders and public safety organizations across the country.

The Hickory Firehouse Subs restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. It will offer steamed-to-perfection subs to go via online ordering through the Firehouse Subs app or website, call-in phone orders, third-party delivery or Rapid Rescue To Go® takeout service at the counter inside. Additionally, in-house catering services are also offered to guests to accommodate occasions of all sizes, from office meetings to family gatherings. 

Firehouse Subs serves a variety of hot specialty subs, piled high with premium meats and cheeses that are sliced fresh daily in-restaurant and steamed together to bring out the ingredients’ natural flavors, served “Fully Involved®” with fresh produce and condiments. In addition to its signature subs, the restaurant offers a variety of catering options from sandwich and dessert platters to salads and snacks to fuel any occasion.

Founded by former firefighting brothers, all Firehouse Subs restaurant décor reflects the founding family’s decades of fire and police service with gear and photos donated by local fire departments. It boasts a custom, hand-painted mural by Chief Mural Artist Joe Puskas, featuring Chandler’s four grandchildren, Hickory High School's Tommy the Tornado, a Lenoir-Rhyne Bear and a Hickory Fire Department Firefighter next to a Fire Engine. Since the opening of the first Firehouse Subs in 1994, Puskas and his team have painted more than 1,200 murals from his studio at Firehouse Subs Headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla. 

In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. The 501(c)(3) Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $69 million to hometown heroes in 49 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Guests interested in supporting the mission of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation can purchase recycled five-gallon pickle buckets for a $3 donation, donate spare change or “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. All funds raised benefit the Foundation.


About Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs® is a restaurant chain with a passion for hearty and flavorful food, heartfelt service and public safety. Founded in Jacksonville, Florida in 1994 by two brothers and former firefighters, Firehouse Subs is a brand built on decades of fire and police service, hot and hearty subs piled high with the highest quality meats and cheeses and its commitment to saving lives through the establishment of the non-profit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®. Driven by the passion of more than 400 Firehouse Subs franchisees to serve their local communities, for the fourth consecutive year, based on recent Technomic Insight consumer data, Firehouse Subs was named the No.1 brand in the restaurant industry that "Supports Local Community Activities."  This year, Firehouse of America and Firehouse Subs suppliers will together donate a portion of purchases at Firehouse Subs locations to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for the purchase of lifesaving equipment, with a minimum donation of $1 million. 

Enjoy more subs. Save more lives. To learn more, visit http://www.firehousesubs.com.

Quick Facts:

More than 1,200 restaurants in 46 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and non-traditional locations

$69+ million granted to public safety organizations via Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.