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(Some Guy)   To immense irritation of its struggling franchisees, Subway wants to bring back economically suicidal $5 Footlong for summer   (restaurantbusinessonline.com) divider line
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2020-06-03 4:01:43 AM  
*Veggie only.

/ Making snark, DRTFA.
 
2020-06-03 4:14:25 AM  
They almost have a worse deal now. If you use the app all footlongs bogo. This even if you buy the most expensive subs (7.99) you are looking at $4 footlongs currently (assuming you can find someone to split lunch with).
 
2020-06-03 4:37:55 AM  

The_Homeless_Guy: They almost have a worse deal now. If you use the app all footlongs bogo. This even if you buy the most expensive subs (7.99) you are looking at $4 footlongs currently (assuming you can find someone to split lunch with).


What is this split nonsense. One sub for now, one for later.
 
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2020-06-03 4:41:31 AM  

veale728: The_Homeless_Guy: They almost have a worse deal now. If you use the app all footlongs bogo. This even if you buy the most expensive subs (7.99) you are looking at $4 footlongs currently (assuming you can find someone to split lunch with).

What is this split nonsense. One sub for now, one for later.


Last time I had one of their sandwiches, it did not seem like something that would keep well.
 
2020-06-03 4:59:40 AM  

TWX: veale728: The_Homeless_Guy: They almost have a worse deal now. If you use the app all footlongs bogo. This even if you buy the most expensive subs (7.99) you are looking at $4 footlongs currently (assuming you can find someone to split lunch with).

What is this split nonsense. One sub for now, one for later.

Last time I had one of their sandwiches, it did not seem like something that would keep well.


If you stick it in the fridge it keeps for a day or two. It doesn't last longer than that.
 
2020-06-03 6:03:48 AM  
You are horribly bad at business if you can't make money off a $5 sandwich.
 
2020-06-03 6:27:44 AM  

TWX: veale728: The_Homeless_Guy: They almost have a worse deal now. If you use the app all footlongs bogo. This even if you buy the most expensive subs (7.99) you are looking at $4 footlongs currently (assuming you can find someone to split lunch with).

What is this split nonsense. One sub for now, one for later.

Last time I had one of their sandwiches, it did not seem like something that would keep well.


Get the veg on the side. Or, y'know, go someplace good.

/burned out on scrubway in the 90s
//had a gig in Beatty, NV in '19.
///no grocery store. Just a subway. Hork
 
2020-06-03 6:28:44 AM  
Maybe they're hoping to make it up in volume? Or add-ons? How much is the profit margin on soda, chips, and cookies?
 
2020-06-03 6:49:32 AM  
Why food tab? Subway is not food.
 
2020-06-03 7:18:42 AM  

Nogale: Maybe they're hoping to make it up in volume? Or add-ons? How much is the profit margin on soda, chips, and cookies?


Bingo.  That is how they make their profit.  Like a gas station selling snack foods.  Fountain drinks cost about a dime or less including the price of the cup.
 
2020-06-03 7:36:45 AM  
$5 footlong was how I'd get a decent sandwich from Subway because the meat/cheese ratio is woefully inadequate.  I'd order a footlong of my choice and on half I'd get all the free fixings I wanted lettuce/spinach/extra banana peppers/pickles, salt/pepper/oregano/parm plus sauce/dressing/condiment.  Leave the other half empty.  When going to eat just flip the meat/cheese from the other half onto the fixed half and now I'd half double meat and cheese cheaper than if I'd bought a 6" with double meat/cheese.  Then I'd feed the extra wheat roll to the geese that hung out in the parking lot.
 
2020-06-03 7:44:58 AM  
Economically suicidal?  How much can meat flavored bread cost?
 
2020-06-03 8:01:28 AM  
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Jared, no!
 
2020-06-03 8:26:03 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: Nogale: Maybe they're hoping to make it up in volume? Or add-ons? How much is the profit margin on soda, chips, and cookies?

Bingo.  That is how they make their profit.  Like a gas station selling snack foods.  Fountain drinks cost about a dime or less including the price of the cup.


I suspect it is much more than that.  I did concessions in the early '70s and our costs were almost a dime back then.  You are correct about sodas being a profit center.
 
2020-06-03 8:44:29 AM  
How much for them not to use the same filthy knife to cut every sandwich?  Wiping it on a dirty rag doesn't count?

Is there a surcharge for them to occasionally change their gloves as well?
 
2020-06-03 8:48:04 AM  
It better be the whole foot this time.
 
2020-06-03 8:49:15 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: Nogale: Maybe they're hoping to make it up in volume? Or add-ons? How much is the profit margin on soda, chips, and cookies?

Bingo.  That is how they make their profit.  Like a gas station selling snack foods.  Fountain drinks cost about a dime or less including the price of the cup.


Former employee of VERY large soft drink company.

Average soda fountain drink cost for soda mix, water, co2, at 20oz == $0.27 USD.

Cup if branded, I.e. if the logo of the soft drink company is on the cup, subway it is. It means they bought the cup from the soft drink company. Is $0.03 USD

Uplift on soda fountain machine normally about $0.07 depending on volume.
Ice machine rental, water, electricity, waste adds $0.03 depending on volume.
Cost of delivery of materials, i.e. mix, co2, paper supplies, adds $0.02.
Straws are $0.01

Waste from over pours, non-sales, theft, adds $0.02.

Unlimited refills adds $0.18

Cost excludes employee labor and other misc.

All in cost per drink is ~$0.63 to $0.70 per 20oz soda fountain drink.
Costs are in 2014 dollars.
 
2020-06-03 8:56:24 AM  

sinner4ever: You are horribly bad at business if you can't make money off a $5 sandwich.


But, have you SEEN saw dust prices these days?!
 
2020-06-03 9:01:39 AM  

veale728: The_Homeless_Guy: They almost have a worse deal now. If you use the app all footlongs bogo. This even if you buy the most expensive subs (7.99) you are looking at $4 footlongs currently (assuming you can find someone to split lunch with).

What is this split nonsense. One sub for now, one for later.


You sound unAmerican.  A real American would eat both sandwiches in one sitting, washed down with a diet Coke.
 
2020-06-03 9:19:46 AM  
Maybe they should try making better sandwiches.
 
2020-06-03 9:30:03 AM  

The_Homeless_Guy: They almost have a worse deal now. If you use the app all footlongs bogo. This even if you buy the most expensive subs (7.99) you are looking at $4 footlongs currently (assuming you can find someone to split lunch with).


Not all stores participate. It's a crapshoot when I order through the app if I'm going to be offered a free one.
 
2020-06-03 9:34:28 AM  
Hats off to Subway for making freshly baked bread smell like ass.
 
2020-06-03 9:50:54 AM  
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Publix always has a $6 footlong special.  It might be ham, or chicken tenders, or turkey.  It's never roast beef.  Anyway, I just get that.  I haven't been to Subway since Publix started selling subs in 2001.
 
2020-06-03 9:51:43 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: Nogale: Maybe they're hoping to make it up in volume? Or add-ons? How much is the profit margin on soda, chips, and cookies?

Bingo.  That is how they make their profit.  Like a gas station selling snack foods.  Fountain drinks cost about a dime or less including the price of the cup.


I know for a fact I was costing Burger King money way back when they had the $1 double cheeseburgers. Never ordered fries, never ordered a drink. Still don't, actually.
 
2020-06-03 10:15:32 AM  

sinner4ever: You are horribly bad at business if you can't make money off a $5 sandwich.


The problem is they have to buy their ingredients from Subway corporate, who charges them a lot more than a local wholesaler would.  The stated reason is to ensure quality, but my understanding is corporate only delivers 2-3 times a week, so you end up with less than fresh lettuce and tomatos.
 
2020-06-03 10:48:46 AM  
Maybe cratering the quality of your ingredients, hiring a child molester as a spokesperson, and conducting 500 inane marketing campaigns for off brand breakfasts, cauliflower whatever the fark that is, and sliders weren't the most genius moves.
 
2020-06-03 11:02:02 AM  

Snotnose: sinner4ever: You are horribly bad at business if you can't make money off a $5 sandwich.

The problem is they have to buy their ingredients from Subway corporate, who charges them a lot more than a local wholesaler would.  The stated reason is to ensure quality, but my understanding is corporate only delivers 2-3 times a week, so you end up with less than fresh lettuce and tomatos.


Buying ingredients from Subway definitely does ensure a certain level of quality. I can't argue with that statement.
 
2020-06-03 11:02:10 AM  
It's bread and deli meat. The vegetables are the only expense and most people skip most of that. Barely worth $5 to start with.
 
2020-06-03 11:11:50 AM  
I want a world that when you think of subway you think of underground trains not a crappy sandwich.
 
2020-06-03 11:12:19 AM  
I used to go to Subway a few times a month.  I haven't been back since they stopped the $5 footlong.  It's only a decent value at $5.
 
2020-06-03 11:15:56 AM  
Eat local. Your neighbors need help, not Coca-Cola corp.
 
2020-06-03 11:23:02 AM  
With the internet and my smartphone, I now have a way to avoid subway and find good food on road trips.
 
2020-06-03 11:30:34 AM  

Trocadero: The Googles Do Nothing: Nogale: Maybe they're hoping to make it up in volume? Or add-ons? How much is the profit margin on soda, chips, and cookies?

Bingo.  That is how they make their profit.  Like a gas station selling snack foods.  Fountain drinks cost about a dime or less including the price of the cup.


I know for a fact I was costing Burger King money way back when they had the $1 double cheeseburgers. Never ordered fries, never ordered a drink. Still don't, actually.


Right now, if you are willing to do the Burger King receipt survey, you can get a free Whopper once every three days indefinitely from a single 2/$5 purchase.

/That is too many whoppers for me, but I did it for two weeks for fun once
//I get silly glee out of couponing fast food places
///People look at me funny for only ordering two burgers; Fry peer pressure is realz
 
2020-06-03 11:34:15 AM  
Eighty billion things going on in the country and a Jared joke gets deleted. How's the fundraising going there modcripes?

/wonder why
 
2020-06-03 1:08:30 PM  

Keyser_Soze_Death: Maybe they should try making better sandwiches.


Then they'd be Jreck subs
 
2020-06-03 1:21:12 PM  

sinner4ever: You are horribly bad at business if you can't make money off a $5 sandwich.


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2020-06-03 1:22:28 PM  

Snotnose: sinner4ever: You are horribly bad at business if you can't make money off a $5 sandwich.

The problem is they have to buy their ingredients from Subway corporate, who charges them a lot more than a local wholesaler would.  The stated reason is to ensure quality, but my understanding is corporate only delivers 2-3 times a week, so you end up with less than fresh lettuce and tomatos.


That's not actually true. They get all their ingredients from Independent Purchasing Cooperative which is actually owned by the franchises and doesn't make subway corporate money. The sandwich shop that really screws customers over with food costs is Quiznos. That one really is scammy.
 
2020-06-03 1:44:20 PM  

The_Homeless_Guy: The sandwich shop that really screws customers over with food costs is Quiznos. That one really is scammy.


Does Quiznos still exist?
I thought they all closed.
 
2020-06-03 1:57:19 PM  

Sophont: The_Homeless_Guy: The sandwich shop that really screws customers over with food costs is Quiznos. That one really is scammy.

Does Quiznos still exist?
I thought they all closed.


They do. Open up Google Maps, and search for Quiznos in any major metro area, and you're bound to find a few locations. The numbers are just nowhere near what they used to be.
 
2020-06-03 2:21:27 PM  
mid '90s, an apartment w/o a kitchen and ~$20 a week for food and cigs.  veggie footlongs were $2.  i mean, i'm grateful, but still not quite ready to have another.
 
2020-06-03 2:31:04 PM  

OldJames: Keyser_Soze_Death: Maybe they should try making better sandwiches.

Then they'd be Jreck subs


I went to the Jrecks when I interviewed at the mine in Governor. Any place that hooks you up with a straight capicola sub and slices their lettuce that thin is ok in my book.
 
2020-06-03 2:38:14 PM  

Sophont: The_Homeless_Guy: The sandwich shop that really screws customers over with food costs is Quiznos. That one really is scammy.

Does Quiznos still exist?
I thought they all closed.


There are over a half dozen in Houston. Quiznos has been sued and settled multiple times by franchises for overcharging them for food. As far as I know the Independent Purchasing Cooperative/Subway has never been sued because the Independent Purchasing Cooperative is actually managed by the franchises and isn't out to make subway money. Now subway still is kind of a scummy company but they haven't been abusing food costs.

https://www.denverpost.com/2013/03/15​/​denver-based-quiznos-hit-by-new-lawsui​ts-from-disgruntled-franchisees/
 
2020-06-03 2:53:14 PM  

TWX: veale728: The_Homeless_Guy: They almost have a worse deal now. If you use the app all footlongs bogo. This even if you buy the most expensive subs (7.99) you are looking at $4 footlongs currently (assuming you can find someone to split lunch with).

What is this split nonsense. One sub for now, one for later.

Last time I had one of their sandwiches, it did not seem like something that would keep well.


If you order a cold meat sandwich and ask for vinegar and oil on the side in the little packets it can keep till tomorrow.
 
2020-06-03 7:59:11 PM  
If you own a Subway franchise in 2020 you will be getting no sympathy from me.
 
2020-06-03 9:56:01 PM  

ruetheday69: Why food tab? Subway is not food.


Why? Because FARK YOU, that's why.

\seriously, i'm the first?
 
2020-06-04 4:42:49 AM  

Nogale: Maybe they're hoping to make it up in volume? Or add-ons? How much is the profit margin on soda, chips, and cookies?


"We're losing money on every sale, but we'll make it up in volume!"
 
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