About Us

Quick. Delicious. Choices.

Zero’s Subs is one of the largest regional sandwich franchises in the U.S. with more than 30 restaurants nationally. Since its inception in Virginia Beach in 1967, Zero’s Subs has created a proven fast, casual concept which offers high-quality foods, such as hot oven-baked subs, hearth-baked bread, Hormel meats, buffalo chicken wings, innovative health-conscious salads, wraps and pizza—all under one roof.

Zero’s Subs – We’re Hot and on a Roll!

At Zero’s Subs, we have perfected our superior product quality and franchise concept over the last 48 years. Zero’s Subs has been awarded the prestigious “Best of the Beach” award from the readers of the Virginian Pilot Newspaper for many years. Zero’s also won the “Reader’s Choice” and the “Best of Hampton Roads” awards numerous times.

Zero’s History

In 1967, Gene Schmidt started Zero’s Subs. He wanted to build a chain of sub shops that offered an alternative approach to fast food. His approach was simple: hot oven-baked submarine sandwiches, made to order with quality ingredients and a level of service that would become Zero’s Subs’ banner of excellence. In 1969, Gene was joined by his cousin, Martin Palacios, and his brother, John Schmidt, who shared in Gene’s belief for high quality, friendly service, and outstanding value.

Zero’s Subs is proud of over 50 years of successful, prosperous business and continues to make changes to reflect the changing times and trends. We are looking to the future by implementing an aggressive franchise program. This might be the personal financial independence and success you have been looking for!

Contact us today to learn more about our company history or to talk about franchise opportunities. We proudly serve customers throughout the Southeast US, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.