Lenny's News and Interviews
Glenn Schaible oversees Lenny's Sub Shops in Northwest FloridaSeptember 25, 2010
FORT WALTON BEACH — Today, Glenn Schaible is the area developer for Lenny’s Sub Shops and owns three of the restaurant franchises.
But his connection to the chain is much stronger.
Schaible was friends with Lenny’s founder Len Moore, who passed away about two years ago. When Moore was looking for a location for his first Lenny’s in 1998, he chose a shopping center that Schaible was managing.
Schaible already had a sandwich shop there and could not accommodate Moore, but he did help him find an alternate site. That was the start of a business relationship that has lasted for years, and has had Schaible find locations for 29 of the roughly 170 Lenny’s across the country.
Schaible eventually went to work for Moore and soon bought his own franchises.
“I think the biggest thing that really makes Lenny’s successful is the service we give,” Schaible said. “We’re friendly. We try to do whatever we can to make the customer happy. We’re fast food, but not really fast food. It’s great food served fast.”
In 2005, Schaible was asked to become an area developer for Lenny’s and was given his choice of locations to move to and expand the brand. Having vacationed in the area for several years, Schaible decided Northwest Florida was the spot. He was selected to oversee the development of Lenny’s in seven Northwest Florida counties.
At the time, Moore had one Lenny’s open in Okaloosa County on Mary Esther Cut-Off. Schaible bought into that restaurant and then opened a second restaurant in Crestview, which he eventually sold.
Since then, he has opened shops in Bluewater Bay and Fort Walton Beach.
“Overall the market, the Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Okaloosa County area, is a very thriving location,” Schaible said. “A lot of people from all over the country are here. It’s a very diverse population.
“The people here are a lot more used to seeing differences in food types and varieties, and they enjoy that,” he added. “Us being a northern-style sub shop, but at the same time we’re warmly welcomed in the community here.”
Lenny’s presence in Northwest Florida now is focused almost entirely in Okaloosa County, but that could change soon. Schaible has looked into opening new restaurants along Walton County Road 30A and in Panama City Beach, but the next Lenny’s likely will be in Gulf Breeze, where he is in negotiations now.
Lenny’s is a franchised business. Anyone interested in opening a restaurant can contact Schaible through any of the local shops.
“We’re trying to expand,” Schaible said. “I can’t own all of them. I’m just one person. We would love to build the stores and have them on all ends of the county.”
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