May 19, 2010 11:25 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
The sandwich chain Quiznos says it plans to develop up to 600 new stores nationwide by the end of the year.
The privately held chain, based in Denver, already has about 4,000 restaurants. It says the planned expansion could create about 7,500 jobs.
Quiznos said Tuesday that the new stores would include company-owned branches as well as joint venture ownerships with qualified entrepreneurs.
That would be departure from its traditional franchise model. Spokeswoman Allison Riley says the company itself currently owns fewer than 5 stores.
Quiznos also has been tweaking its menu, wooing budget-conscious customers, increasing green packaging and renovating existing stores.