Holiday spending leaving your wallet a bit lighter than normal this month?
Firehouse Subs is helping out with its Kids Eat Free promotion. The special applies every night from now until January 19 (dine-in only), and applies to all children under the age of 12.
If you participated in the Firehouse Subs/EatingOxford.com gift card giveaway that began July 28 on the EatingOxford.com Facebook page, you may be a winner! If your name is listed below, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the week with your mailing address so I can send you your prize. If there are any unclaimed prizes, I will draw another name from the list of entries.
1st Place: Christy Baird Miller – $50 gift certificate to Firehouse Subs (favorite sub: Turkey Bacon Ranch)
2nd Place: Larry Kegley – $25 gift certificate to Firehouse Subs (favorite sub: …my next one!)
3rd Place: Katy Greenlee – $10 gift certificate to Firehouse Subs (favorite sub: Italian)
Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you to all those who participated!
Update 8/6: The first place winner in last week’s drawing did not respond to the winning announcement. A new winner has now been drawn for the $50 Firehouse Subs gift certificate and it’s Brooke Cain. Brooke has until the end of this week to respond or another name will be drawn. If you know Brooke, let her know to contact Liz@EatingOxford.com.
UPDATE: Due to weather delays, Firehouse Subs is now set to open around March 5th or just after.
As reported in an earlier post, Firehouse Subs will be setting up shop soon on Jackson Avenue in Oxford. The previous post reported that it would be in the former location of Movie Gallery, but after talking with franchisee Chris Stephenson, I found out that the plan is now to open it in the old Regions Bank (same strip mall).
Chris is an Ole Miss alum who has worked in foodservice most of his adult life. He says that when he first tried Firehouse Subs a couple of years ago, he was hooked. “My family and I kept creating reasons to visit Memphis and Southaven so we could eat at Firehouse while we were in the area.” It was then that Chris and his wife decided that they wanted to be involved in the company.
Chris says that the sub shop is unique not only with its sandwiches, but also with its decor and mission. “The company was founded by two firefighters and the store’s interior reflects that,” says Chris. A mural is currently being produced for the Oxford store that will blend images from the surrounding community and a firefighting theme. As for supporting firefighters, The Public Safety Foundation, started by the company’s founders after the 2004 hurricane, collects donations through various avenues and uses the funds to help firehouses in need across the United States. Chris says that over the last two years, more than $2.2 million has been donated. And, at all Firehouse Subs, uniformed officers always receive free beverages.
As for the menu, Chris says the subs are loaded with fresh-sliced, steamed, choice meat (a 1/2 pound on a large) and a choice of veggies on toasted white or wheat bread. At the Oxford location, coupons will be distributed that invite kids to eat for free any night of the week when accompanied by a dining adult.
Chris will be the acting general manager at the Oxford location and plans to open a second location in Tupelo within the next couple of years.
When I heard that the Quizno’s in Oxford closed, it didn’t shock me. Not because I thought there was anything wrong with the store or its food, but because more than 1,800 Quizno’s franchises have shut down since 2007. A rash of franchisee complaints have lead to the closure of hundreds of stores, and Quizno’s recently decided to start opening corporately owned locations in an attempt to replace them. Read more here.
In related news, if you know you’re going to continue to crave subs even with Quizno’s gone, an outpost of 390-unit Firehouse Subs is set to move into the old Movie Gallery location on Jackson Avenue (more details to come).