Togo’s Sandwich Franchise Opportunities

For more than 40 years, Togo’s has been serving up big, made-to-order sandwiches stuffed with the freshest ingredients.

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For more than 40 years, Togo’s has been the original West Coast sandwich franchise and has been serving big, made-to-order sandwiches stuffed with the freshest ingredients. Those sandwiches and our legendary guest service are the reasons Togo’s has such a loyal following. Our guests love us, and it shows: Togo’s was recently named to the Nation’s Restaurant News annual list of top Consumer Picks, which measures how much guests love a brand. We now have more than 250 sandwich franchises in the West and plan to reach 300 sandwich franchises by 2016.

“We have had a tradition of providing high-quality sandwiches, salads, soups and wraps to our loyal guests for 40 years,” says CEO Tony Gioia. “Togo’s has become a premier brand throughout the western states. Our franchisees are committed to delivering the ultimate sandwich experience to our guests, and we believe this ultimate experience starts with selecting the right people to become franchisees.”
We’re legendary in California and growing rapidly in several western states. We recently signed deals in Idaho, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Arizona, and plan to expand into Nevada. Franchise opportunities are available in each of these states, as well as California. Togo’s has the potential to become the premium, dominant sandwich company in the West because we are true to our foundation — great food served with passion, and big meaty sandwiches served every day.

Togo’s also separate ourselves from competitors with our intensive training program. In addition to the training we provide franchisees, we also provide state-of-the-art online learning tools in English and Spanish, which franchisees use to train their crew members.

The investment

We’re looking for franchisees with an entrepreneurial spirit and the willingness to work hard. Franchisees invest in us because they know how great our sandwiches are and how much our loyal guests love them. To invest in our great organization, a single restaurant development requires $150,000 in liquid assets and a net worth of $300,000. Three or more restaurant developments require $450,000 in liquid assets and a net worth of $900,000.

There are several options for financing a Togo’s sandwich franchise, including access to a franchisee lending program created in partnership with Franchise America Finance™ (FAF) and The Bancorp Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bancorp Inc. With this funding, new and existing qualified Togo’s franchisees have access to a dedicated pool of millions of dollars for building new restaurants and remodeling or purchasing existing locations.

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Our history

Togo’s has been a true West Coast original since 1971. Our friendly, non-corporate and laid-back personality and our demand for fresh, high-quality food have been bringing guests to our sandwich franchises for more than four decades. Our sandwich franchise began when a young college student with a big appetite and a little money bought a small sandwich shack in San Jose and started making sandwiches the way he liked them — big, made-to-order, and stuffed with fresh ingredients.

Ask someone who lives in one of our trade areas if they go to Togo’s, and you’ll hear: “Yes!” quickly followed by, “I love the No. 9,” or, “The No. 24 is my favorite!” Look at our menu and you’ll see some gaps in the numbers — over the years we’ve kept the popular sandwiches and added new ones. The result is a wide range of popular sandwiches, with new ones occasionally making a debut.

Togo’s is growing

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We’re growing in California and seven nearby western states. We recently signed deals in Idaho, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Arizona, and we plan to expand into Nevada. Franchise opportunities are available in each of these states, as well as in California. Togo’s has the potential to become the premium, dominant sandwich company in the West because we are true to our foundation — great food served with passion, and big meaty sandwiches served every day.

The Togo’s opportunity

One of the things that makes Togo’s a great franchising system is the company’s culture, which is all about supporting the franchisee. It’s part of our DNA; everything we do around the franchisees is designed to help them become more successful and profitable.

When we sign a franchisee, we don’t celebrate — we start working. We look for the right site and build a Togo’s restaurant. We help our new franchisees to meet our standards, to learn how to hire properly and train effectively — so that we exceed our guest service goals every time.

Demand is high for sandwiches, and the greater the sandwich the more it meets those demands. IBISWorld reports $22 billion in revenue for nearly 27,000 sandwich store franchises domestically. Guests look to sandwich franchises for fare that is healthier than the average burger joint’s.

“The sandwich industry continues to be popular among consumers,” Tony says. “Sandwiches are in demand because people enjoy choosing the type of bread and ingredients, and our options include salads and salad wraps for those seeking healthier meals. Then along with their sandwich, they get our intimate, personalized, one-on-one service.”