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The largest sandwich chains in the U.S.

These are the highest-grossing sandwich chains in Technomic’s Top 250.
Potbelly combo
Photograph courtesy of Potbelly

The sandwich segment grew sales 0.8% in 2019. Unit growth declined 2.1%.

RankChain name2019 U.S. sales ($000,000)Sales stimated2019 U.S. units
6Subway $10,200  23,801
18Arby's $3,885  3,359
34Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches $2,105  2,787
46Jersey Mike's Subs $1,340  1,667
58Firehouse Subs $832  1,155
63McAlister's Deli $726 *460
69Jason's Deli $647  283
89Portillo's $505 *62
99Potbelly Sandwich Shop $446  471
101Charleys Philly Steaks $435 *540
116Zoes Kitchen $349 *256
124Schlotzsky's $335 *373
148Wienerschnitzel $265 *330
157Fazoli's $238  215
161Newk's Eatery $227  121
170Penn Station East Coast Subs $202  306
175Which Wich $194 *372

Source: Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate

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