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The first Tubby’s Sub Shop was founded in 1968 by Richard Paganes at age 21, in the Detroit suburb of St. Clair Shores at 13 Mile and Harper. His sandwiches were a hit!  The 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 1980s. Tubby's growth through the years has been at a deliberate pace. Quality of franchisees and store locations rather than the quantity of stores in operation are the guiding rules. This philosophy originates from Tubby’s Sub Shops being a family owned and operated business. The family tradition continues with Robert Paganes, Richard’s brother, who serves as the company's CEO. 

Original Tubby' Sub Shop

In 2006, Robert met Bill Kiryakoza, who would join the Tubby's family in 2010 as a partner and Executive Vice President. Together, they have updated Tubby's stores and brand and have continued the company's tradition of 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 each year and frequently supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association and ALS Foundation. 


Above all else, Tubby’s has an unsurpassed commitment to the consistent, premium quality of our sandwiches and  other menu items. Customers’ eating habits, food trends and tastes may all change, but the superior quality and care that goes into Tubby's products is always present.


Tubby’s currently has over 65 locations throughout Michigan and is continuing to expand.

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