4. Jersey Mike's Subs
Jersey Mike's sandwich sub-shop has taken the country by storm. Just look on the company's website and you will see the numerous local awards it has won for Best Sandwich Shop, Best Place for Lunch and Best Steak & Cheese, among others.
With culture so important to the company, Olson names Jersey Mike's as one of the companies that "bleeds the brand.""They truly have a culture, they have good operators, they have ones coming over from other systems and operating and they do very well," Olson says. "Everybody is marching to the drum together, they're growing and there is this fever." He adds that even during franchise discovery days, the company takes potential new franchisees to the