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Stillwater Quiznos Will Close its Doors on Friday

Quiznos will serve its last toasted sub on Friday, Nov. 30. Closing the door on a franchise that has been in Stillwater just shy of 10 years now.

The signs announcing that the Stillwater Quiznos store is closing have been up for about two weeks, but the writing has been on the wall for quite some time.

Quiznos will serve its last toasted sub on Friday, Nov. 30. Closing the door on a franchise that has been in Stillwater just shy of 10 years now.

The original franchisee of Stillwater Quiznos built the store in 2003, and sold it off to Jason Sheetz’s father in 2005.

After a couple of years of losing money, Sheetz said the store will close at 9 p.m. on Friday.

“The No. 1 reason we’re closing is that it is just not a good franchise,” Sheetz said. “They are not here for the franchisee. There’s no way to make any money if they don’t help—and the franchise itself if grasping at straws.”

Quiznos has lost more than 70 percent of its stores since 2006, Sheetz said.

This is the third Quiznos store his family has closed—Jason recently closed locations he owned in Hudson and River Falls, and now his father has decided to pull the plug on the Stillwater location.

Other factors for the closing were “astronomical” rent in Stillwater; and food costs—35 percent at Quiznos, according to Sheetz—that are too high to turn a profit in today’s economy.

“Our business has really taken a nose dive in the last six months,” Sheetz said. “We are down 20 percent over the last six months, and we were down before that.”

It’s never easy to close a store, Sheetz said, “we’re just losing too much money.”

Over the years, the Stillwater Quiznos has developed a great customer base—and feels they have become a part of the community—so Sheetz said he wants people to know why the sandwich shop is closing.

“We didn’t want to post a sign and close the next day,” Sheetz said. “We want to give people the chance to come in and say good-bye.”

Mary November 27, 2012 at 03:18 PM
We've been loyal supporters for a number of years. Sorry to see you leave town but understand your decision. Good luck.
Jim & deb November 27, 2012 at 06:11 PM
a very sad day, again, to witness a business having to leave Stillwater for those reasons. They had a quality product and excellent staff.As we have discussed, we can relate and you certainly gave it your best shot! Sorry to have to say good-bye.
Bryan Ring December 03, 2012 at 02:27 PM
We(Ring Lawn Care)have developed a great relationship with Aaron. It was really sad when I took one of my sons there on Friday, especially since they got me hooked on their cream of broccoli soup and flat bread! I understand the "Astronomical" rent, it is a running theme for businesses in town to call a place "Home". It is amazing the rent they were paying(and the current renters). The management group -Positive Companies- are making a BOAT-LOAD off these tenants and the ones where the Starbucks & Verizon are located over highway 36. We(Ring Lawn Care)have had our own run-ins with this group, but this is not the setting to get into that. Although I will say after many conversations with Aaron regarding the management group, it was nothing less than HELL to deal with them. Good Luck and God Bless Aaron & his family!
Tim December 06, 2012 at 10:10 PM
You can't always blame the franchise and the rent when a business fails. There are other factors that go into their downfall, one main factor being slow business most days/nights of the week. Another factor to consider is food waste, including employees consuming food without paying for it. Just saying, you can't put the blame on someone else all the time because there are businesses surviving in the area.
Sam December 08, 2012 at 07:56 AM
Hmm...blaming the franchise, the rent costs, the management group, the city of Stillwater? And the family having to close two other franchise locations in other cities? It is pretty easy to "see the writing on the wall" as to who and what the issue had been. I'm guessing that all of these entities are probably very "blessed" that Aaron and Dad are leaving Stillwater. Sounds as though they have their own "boat load" of money. And they are very fortunate to have only been losing money for the past two years--pretty lucky for them. Goodbye, Good Luck, and God Bless--you're going to need it.

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