Doc Popcorn Prescribes New Location in Arkansas Mall

Local entrepreneur Adam Sinnard is fulfilling Jonesboro, Arkansas’ snack cravings, offering a delicious, all-natural, fresh-popped snack, with his recently opened Doc Popcorn at 3000 E. Highland Drive in The Mall at Turtle Creek.

Located in front of JCPenney, Doc Popcorn’s PopKiosk provides passers-by with a delicious, fresh-popped snack in a variety of all-natural flavors. Doc Popcorn pops its whole-grain kernels in 100 percent corn oil and offers a wide variety of distinctive flavors made from blends of natural ingredients.

Quiznos Names International Franchisee of the Year

QSR International S.A., the master franchisee for the Quiznos brand in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, has been named International Master Franchisee of the Year at the recent “Better Than Ever” Quiznos Convention, held in Las Vegas, March 24-26.

The award is given annually to the most aggressive Quiznos Franchisee Group that expresses top leadership, operational excellence, product innovation, developmental growth, high regional sales, and market sustainability.

Harsha Agadi Named Executive Chairman of Quiznos' Board

Quiznos, one of the nation’s premier quick-service restaurant chains and pioneer of the toasted sandwich, announced it has named Harsha V. Agadi as executive chairman of its Board of Managers.

Originally from Mumbai, India, Agadi brings more than 25 years’ experience with foodservice companies to the position, having worked with Domino’s Pizza, Pepsi, Kraft, General Foods, Little Caesars Enterprises, Church’s Chicken, and most recently, Friendly’s Ice Cream Company.

Saving Quiznos

After flirting with bankruptcy and enduring years of falling numbers, Quiznos is poised to right the ship.

For the first time in years, Quiznos franchisee Kevin Tackett and dozens of his fellow franchisees with the toasted-sub chain have reason to smile.

After three gloomy years of falling sales, shuttered stores, and mounting company debt, Quiznos finally appears positioned to reinvigorate the brand, build franchisee profitability, and unlock a more promising, sustainable future.

“The optimism is robust,” says Tackett, who owns seven Quiznos stores in Florida and one in Virginia.

Quiznos Restructures to Avoid Bankruptcy

Quiznos completed its previously announced financial restructuring on an out-of-court basis, helping the company avoid bankruptcy.

The agreement eliminates one-third – or about $300 million – of the company's outstanding debt, and provides a significant infusion of $150 million in new equity from Avenue Capital Group, a global investment firm, to position Quiznos for future growth.

Quiznos in Ecuador Opens with Outdoor Seating

QSR International, the Master Franchisee for Quiznos in Latin America and the Caribbean, is pleased to announce its continued expansion into the South American region with the opening of its third restaurant in Ecuador.

This restaurant, located in City Mall in Guayaquil, Ecuador, is operated by QZ Delifastfood Ecuador S.A., and is the first of three units planned for Guayaquil.

“Quiznos has resonated in the Ecuador marketplace very quickly,” says Juan Jose Crespo, CEO of QZ Delifastfood. “We believe that the quality of our Quiznos product is the best to be found anywhere.”

Quiznos’ Mobile Unit Rolls into Venezuela

Venezuela has officially welcomed Quiznos at the recent opening of Quiznos’ first-ever international mobile unit. The Oct. 15 opening of the mobile trailer coincided with the start of the Venezuelan winter league baseball season. Fans and visitors to the Jose Bernado Perez Stadium in Valencia can now enjoy the tasty, toasty goodness of Quiznos.

Quiznos’ Valencia-located mobile trailer is operated by Carlos Eduardo Lopez, managing director for Sub Q Corporation, headquartered in Valencia.

Quiznos Continues South American Expansion

QSR International, the master franchisee for Quiznos restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean, is pleased to announce its continued expansion into the South American region. This past month, QSR signed a development agreement in Guyana with Camex Restaurants, Inc. The development agreement calls for five units to be opened within the next five years. Camex Restaurants, Inc., which is a franchisee of seven Church’s Chicken restaurants, three Dairy Queens, and one Marios Pizza, is based in Kingston Georgetown, Guyana.

Quiznos Adds 3 Teas in Move to Modernize Beverages

Quiznos rolled out a new tea platform nationwide in what one culinary executive says is a move to push the concept’s beverage envelope.

Zach Calkins, senior vice president of culinary innovation at Quiznos, says the chain’s three new tea offerings help it stay ahead of consumer demand.

“We were looking to refresh our beverage program as a whole … saying, ‘OK, consumers are changing, they don’t use the fountain as much, we need to make sure we’re ahead of that in providing more modern types of beverage offerings,’” he says.

Meijer Deal Expands Quiznos' Nontraditional Strategy

Quiznos announced a relationship with Meijer, a Great Lakes region supercenter chain and grocery retailer based in Michigan. The partnership calls for Quiznos restaurants to open inside Meijer locations in Michigan. The relationship between Quiznos and Meijer is the most recent in a series of successful partnerships and store openings in Quiznos’ nontraditional development strategy.