New Business – Firehouse Subs
Meet the owners and operators of new business Firehouse Subs in Leland, NC.
Why was 2020 the right time to open your business?
We had been looking for the ideal location to expand our family business and thought Leland would be a great place to serve hearty, flavorful food and provide heartfelt service.
What made Leland the ideal location for you?
Our son, Chris, calls Leland home, and we knew from visiting the area that this was the kind of town we were looking for to expand our family business. The people are welcoming and supportive. We’re thrilled to be able to serve them every day at our restaurant.
What services and products do you offer?
Firehouse Subs serves a variety of hot and hearty specialty subs, from our number-one selling Hook & Ladder Sub to our mouthwatering Smokehouse Beef & Cheddar Brisket Sub. We also offer a delicious Veggie Sub and gluten-free bread to accommodate appetites of all kinds. In addition to our signature subs, we offer a variety of catering options from sandwich and dessert platters to salads and snacks to fuel any occasion.
What separates you from the competition?
Our subs are like none other because they’re piled high with premium meats and cheeses that are sliced fresh daily in-restaurant and steamed together to bring out the ingredients’ natural flavors, served “Fully Involved®” with fresh produce and condiments. Plus, these are subs with substance — a portion of every purchase at our U.S. restaurants benefits Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, helping achieve its mission of providing lifesaving equipment and resources to first responders and public safety organizations across the country.
What has been your leading success so far?
We opened in the fall of 2020, and we’re extremely grateful for the Leland community that has been so supportive since we opened. It means everything to us to be able to serve them and keep our crew members employed. Our favorite thing about owning our own restaurants is getting to know our regulars and making sure their experience with us is above and beyond. We look forward to doing this for years to come!
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
This year has presented us with several new challenges as entrepreneurs and local business owners. Our biggest priority has been doing everything we can to keep our crew members and guests safe in these unprecedented times.
How has COVID affected your business?
We were supposed to open back in the spring, but when the pandemic started, it caused a lot of delays. Despite these challenges, we’re grateful that we could open the doors to this new restaurant in September and bring Firehouse Subs’ signature subs and welcoming customer service to Leland.
What can we anticipate from you in the future?
The heart of Firehouse Subs and what we do in our restaurants every day is heartfelt service. We provide a welcoming place for all of our guests to come in and enjoy a hot, hearty meal for any occasion. Plus, we’re able to make a positive impact by giving back through Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Since inception in 2005, the Foundation has awarded more than $121,000 in grants to local first responders and public safety organizations in the Greater Wilmington area.
What’s a fun fact about you or your staff?
Our son, Chris, is running this new restaurant in Leland, and we’re so proud to see him step into this leadership role. He’s been part of our family business since we opened our first Firehouse Subs restaurant in Wilmington back in 2006. This is now our third restaurant, and we love working together as a family on this.
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Firehouse Subs Leland
Louis and Jan Tabor, Owners
Chris Tabor, General Manager
3572 Leland Town Center Drive, Leland