There are a mind-boggling number of fantastic, independent, local sandwich shops in the Denver metro area – in fact, this is one of the cuisines we do best. Colorado also has its share of local sandwich chains, like Quizno’s, Snarf’s, and Cheba Hut.
But out-of-state sandwich chains are kicking down doors on all sides – bringing their heroes, hoagies, subs, po’boys and grinders to town.
The latest sandwich chains to enter are PrimoHoagies, an East Coast mainstay known for its buns, massive menu and Philadelphia roots, and Capriotti’s, which makes a turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce and to the popular stuffing called the Bobbie.
The first Primo store in Colorado will open this summer at 6200 Leetsdale Dr., Denver, but the local franchisee plans to open five more stores in the near future in the Denver and Boulder area, according to a company statement.
The Colorado expansion is part of a larger plan that will bring the company’s hoagies across the Mississippi River to Colorado and Texas for the first time. Founded in 1992 in Philadelphia and based in New Jersey, other Primo stores are in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Meanwhile, the sibling team of Terrence Kane and Norma Rochford opened a franchise location of Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop on June 20 at the Pindustry Bowling and Entertainment Center at 7939 Arapahoe Rd. in the Village of Greenwood.
Nevada-based Capriotti’s is a 46-year-old chain with 170 locations across the United States. It specializes in slow-roasted turkey sandwiches and cheese steaks. The company is undertaking a huge expansion across the country and plans to open eight more locations in Colorado.