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    Quiznos Eyes 600 New Store Openings by Year's End

    New locations will include both corporate-owned stores and Quiznos-funded joint venture ownership opportunities.

    DENVER -- Quiznos yesterday announced a growth initiative to develop up to 600 new stores nationwide by the end of this year. The planned expansion will create more than 7,500 new jobs, fueling market-level economic growth in communities nationwide, the company stated.

    The new locations will include both corporate-owned stores and Quiznos-funded joint venture ownership opportunities for qualified entrepreneurs. The Quiznos-owned locations represent a departure from the company's traditional franchise model.

    "At Quiznos, we have a world-class business model and our belief in that model is so strong we want to increase our corporate profitability by investing in these corporate-owned stores," stated Rick Schaden, Quiznos' founder and CEO. "Establishing a stronger presence of Quiznos-owned stores also allows us to more closely align with our franchise owners, identifying and advancing best practices at the store level to elevate our brand's operations overall."

    Quiznos recently recapitalized and restructured its existing debt and equity structure in order to fund expansion and facilitate greater flexibility for growth. By doing so, Quiznos said it is able to dedicate its own capital to the new store openings.

    "Quiznos has the solid financial position to accelerate and enable tremendous growth," Bill Flaherty, chief development officer for Quiznos, said in a statement. "This initiative will have a direct effect not only on Quiznos' growth, but on that of job creation in communities where we seek to engage with more than 7,500 growth-minded and experienced general, district and regional managers and in-store team members."

    In addition to new store development, Quiznos said it is actively investing in its brand, refreshing its brand identity, renovating in-store design, increasing its value proposition for budget-conscious customers, introducing green packaging and practices for more sustainable operations, and enhancing its menu for broader customer appeal.

    The combination of these brand enhancements and in-store renovation has made a measurable impact on same-store sales in more than 1,100 renovated units thus far, and the company plans to renovate an additional 2,000 locations within the next 12 months, the company stated.

    "Quiznos is on the move with the spark and energy of growth and entrepreneurialism, and we appreciate our customers for their enthusiastic response," Schaden said. "As the economy continues to stabilize and strengthen, we are in a position to ignite real growth for our brand, for our shareholders and for the entire Quiznos community."

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