Over the past couple of decades, Jacksonville has enticed a nice collection of major businesses to call the city home.
Some are well-known, and others are quieter but still valuable both within our community and across the country. The city has been able to attract businesses through its enormous office buildings and office parks, as well as its status as an important southern port city and logistics center.
Here’s a look at just a few examples of major companies that currently have headquarters located in Jacksonville.
The first company on our list is not only based in Jacksonville; it was also founded here.
The popular sandwich chain Firehouse Subs was founded here in 1994 by brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen. The chain’s most distinct feature is its firefighting theme; the Sorensen brothers were firefighters prior to opening their first sub shop. Continuing the “fire” theme, the company’s restaurants also feature an extensive collection of hot sauces, a feature not often found at sandwich chains.
Firehouse Subs has expanded rapidly in the past decade or so, with their locations totaling more than 900 throughout the country. As such, it’s by far the largest restaurant chain currently based in Jacksonville.