On The Toasted Subs Franchisee Association, an independent association representing the needs of Quiznos' franchisees:
Brenneman: "If you go on the [TSFA] web site, there’s trial attorneys advertising. It’s hard for me coming into the system to say that’s an independent, objective group. It’s certainly not representative of the system. I don’t think it’s either destructive or productive. If they want that forum to talk, they can. I ignore most of that stuff and do what I think is best to drive profitability for franchise owners."
On franchisees complaining about an unfair rebate system at Quiznos:
Brenneman: "Coming from the Burger King business, it was the same thing. There’s always a vocal minority of franchise owners who hate anything you do. Some of them will say ‘We just hate the rebate system…just give it to us at price.’ And others will say ‘We understand the rebate system. We count on that for our cash flow.’ I’m going through it right now and sorting out what’s going on….One thing I am going to do is declare amnesty on all default notices, just like the Italians do about every five years on taxes."
On Quiznos growing faster than its ability to support its franchisees:
Brenneman: "We’ve actually slowed development dramatically. We’ll still develop and we’re still growing, but not nearly at the rate that we were historically. When I think about growth, I think in terms of new units, which is historically how Quiznos thought about growth, and growing our existing franchise owners—that’s more important to me than how many new units we build."
On whether his style is seeing some initial payoff with Quiznos' franchisees:
Brenneman: "I’ve already had five or six franchise owners e-mail me and say ‘Greg, we were going to sell our store, but we really like what’s going on now and we’ve pulled it off the market."