Port of Subs

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Port of Subs, Inc.
Company typePrivate
GenreFast Casual
Founded1972; 52 years ago (1972) in Reno, Nevada
FounderJohn Larsen
HeadquartersReno, Nevada, U.S.
Number of locations
Increase145 (2020)
Area served
RevenueIncrease $129 million (2018)

Port of Subs, Inc. is an American regional submarine sandwich shop chain headquartered in Reno, Nevada. The Port of Subs franchise has about 145 locations open. The chain only operates in the western United States.[1]


The Larsen family founded the chain under the name "Sub Shop" in 1972 in Sparks, Nevada. John Larsen purchased the company in 1975[1] and renamed it Port of Subs after holding a community-wide contest for its new name. Between 1975 and 1985, ten more shops were established before Port of Subs became a regional franchise.[2] The shop currently has more than 140 locations throughout the western United States. It can be found in Nevada, California, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. [3] The name “Port of Subs” came from a sponsored contest for a new name, which received more than 10,000 entries. Port of Subs was acquired by Area 15 Ventures, LLC in 2023, whose Chairman is Dave Liniger, Co-Founder of RE/MAX.

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  1. ^ a b Ames, M.D. (1994). Pathways to Success: Today's Business Leaders Tell how to Excel in Work, Career, and Leadership Roles. Berrett-koehler Series. Berrett-Koehler. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-881052-57-9. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Our Company | Port of Subs, Inc". portofsubs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  3. ^ "Locations | Port of Subs, Inc". portofsubs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-04.

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