Charley's Grilled Subs is in a unique niche offering a premium, great tasting grilled sandwich, made-to-order fresh right in front of the customer, served hot in 90 seconds or less, in an upscale and engaging environment.
Originated in the 1920's by Italian immigrants living in South Philadelphia. Often called "Steak Hoagies", the CheeseSteak was prepared with thinly sliced steak, sautéed with grilled onions, topped with Provolone cheese, and served on an Italian roll.
A Wrong Turn
On the way to NYC during a family vacation, Charley took a wrong turn and landed in South Philly where he enjoyed his first CheeseSteak. Totally hooked, he took his findings back home to Columbus, Ohio and began testing recipes on his college buddies.
A Loan from Mom
After perfecting his recipe, Charley borrowed from his Mom's life savings and opened his first restaurant in 1986 across the street from The Ohio State University campus. The tiny, 16-seat eatery featuring fresh grilled subs, fries and lemonade was an instant hit.
From College Student to Entrepreneur
Although Charley was only 22 and a junior at The Ohio State University when he opened his first restaurant, he knew that he was on to something big. His goal was to establish a business where he could share his success with others. Once Charley opened his second location, friends began to approach him about partnership opportunities.
Franchising Takes Off
In 1991, Charley began to franchise his business. Locations popped up all over the country, including mall food courts, airports, and Army & Air Force bases. From Atlanta to Chicago to Hawaii to Japan, you can now enjoy the Award-Winning taste of Charley's Grilled Subs®.
With 300 locations and growing, Charley's Vision is the same as it always has been — "To honor God and strengthen our neighbors." In the spirit of brotherly love, we hope to nourish your hearts with the simple pleasure of a great CheeseSteak.
Superior taste! It is grilled, served hot, fabulous ingredients and sauces, and plenty to fill the heartiest eater. Charley's quick service stands apart from the traditional fast food eateries by always offering freshly produced made-to-order foods in 90 seconds or less. We provide a superior customer experience by inviting customer interactions and show-like observations at each step of our food preparation process. Furthermore, our innovative store ambiance and comfortable surroundings offer our guests a highly engaging atmosphere that invites a relaxing and social dining stay or a quick take-out alternative.
You will need a minimum of $100,000 in liquid assets and at least $300,000 net worth to qualify for additional financing secured through third-party lending sources which Charley's recommends. Charley's does not offer financing.
There is a one-time franchise fee of $19,500 for a single unit. For Market Development agreements the fee is $10,000 for each additional unit. )
We are looking for individuals with a successful track record. We are especially looking for individuals with P&L responsibility and successful experience in managing people and developing/implementing marketing programs. Successful retail management/ownership is extremely valuable experience.