The first Tubby’s Sub Shop was founded in 1968 by Richard Paganes, who at the time was 21 years old, in the Detroit suburb of St. Clair Shores at 13 Mile and Harper. The popular and now famous Tubby’s Subs with their unique flavor, high quality products and generous portions quickly became a Detroit area favorite. Richard’s pioneering vision and unwavering commitment to quality products and customer service are the cornerstones of Tubby’s success.
In 1978, the company awarded its first franchise store at 14 Mile and Ryan in Sterling Heights. A number of dine-in locations opened soon after, followed by the first drive-through restaurant in Westland in the early 1980’s. Growth has been at a deliberate pace. Quality of franchisees and store locations rather than the quantity of stores in operation are the guiding rules. That philosophy stems from the fact that Tubby’s Sub Shops was started as a family owned, family operated business. The family tradition continues with Robert Paganes, Richard Paganes’ brother, being the company’s current CEO. In 2010, Tubby’s brought on Executive Vice President, Bill Kiryakoza to join Robert in continuing Tubby’s success.
Tubby’s believes firmly in teamwork, active employee relations and proactive public relations to maintain efficient operations and a highly visible positive public image. Tubby’s participates in various community events including the Park It Family Fun Nights, which provides free concerts and movie nights throughout various parks in Michigan. Tubby’s participates in several charitable events and recently partnered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to fight against muscle disease.
Over and above all else, Tubby’s has an unsurpassed commitment to quality and the delivery of premium quality grilled submarines and many other menu items. Customers’ eating habits, food trends and tastes may all change, but the superior quality is and always will be a constant with Tubby’s.
Tubby’s has over 65 locations throughout Michigan and is continuing to expand.