Industry News | June 10, 2009

Miami Subs Snags Former Papa John's President

Miami Subs Pizza & Grill today announced the appointment of Dan Holland as director of global franchising. Holland is a former president of Papa John's Pizza.

Holland joined Papa John's when the then-fledgling chain had only 23 units. As president and director he was instrumental in growing the company to more than 900 locations prior to leaving. As one of the three principals of Papa John's International, Dan was involved in taking the chain public.

Following Papa John's, Dan has been involved with a variety of other concepts in the restaurant industry in both an ownership and consulting role.

"The hiring of Dan Holland speaks volumes about the commitment we are making to grow this company," says Fraser Austin, vice-president of Miami Subs Corp. "Dan is unquestionably one of the best in the restaurant franchise business and the ideal person to help us achieve our aggressive growth plans."

Two years after acquiring the chain, Miami Subs Corporation is on the fast track of expansion both domestically and internationally. Since the acquisition in May 2007 many new initiatives have begun taking shape including changing its name to Miami Subs Pizza & Grill while introducing a complete line of specialty Signature Pizzas, a full breakfast menu, home delivery through a proprietary one number order processing center, an online ordering system, and a new store concept design.

The company signed a 100 store master franchise agreement in New York. The first store opened in late May in Queens with two more opening this month in Brooklyn and Yonkers while seven others are in the final stages with the zoning Commission or under construction. Three new stores have opened in South Florida and South Carolina in the past 90 days. The first store in Turkey has opened as part of a 40 unit deal and the first unit in Romania is in construction as part of a 20 store agreement for that Country.

"I am extremely impressed with the strides the new ownership group has made with this 20 year old brand," says Holland.

"This is not some start up but a proven concept that needed the infusion of capital and the creative and financial ability to take it to the next level. Moreover, it provides an excellent franchise opportunity as the start-up costs are very favorable as opposed to other national food chains with comparable same store sales."

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