US Trip

Today Maggie and Emily are going to the US to stay with my Dad in Santa Barbara for two weeks. I’m not going because someone needs to stay and make sure my business is running smoothly. The last two times I left (Singapore and US) a significant amount of money went missing each time. We now have video surveillance systems in place in both stores but I’m still a bit nervous about leaving again until I’m more confident that things are OK. Besides I also have a lot of things on my TODO list that I can get done once things are a bit quieter.

Buy One Get One Free Anniversary Sales!


Both Jimmy’s Sandwich Co. Ltd. restaurants are having anniversary sales coming up with a buy one get one free offer on all salads and subs (6″ or 12″). This is a great opportunity to share the SUBWAYâ„¢ experience with a friend.

Qingcheng restaurant is celebrating its two year anniversary on Saturday, July 14:

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Xingtian Temple restaurant is celebrating its one year anniversary on Saturday, July 21:

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In order to serve our customers more quickly, we have a limit of one free product per person per time. However you may go through the line as often as you wish.

Daily Fresh Fit Meals and Other News

Daily Fresh Fit Meal Specials
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Daily Fresh Fit Meals
$99 Every Day
Daily savings of up to $46.

Tuna Salad (or 6″ Tuna) and Small Drink

6″ Horseradish Roast Beef and Small Drink

6″ Seafood Sensation and Small Drink

6″ Red Wine Vinaigrette Subway Club
(Turkey, Ham & Roast Beef)
and Small Drink

6″ Honey Mustard Ham and Small Drink

BBQ Chicken Salad (or 6″ BBQ Chicken)
and Small Drink

6″ Turkey Breast and Small Drink

No Sub Club stamps with discounts. Discounts can not be combined with any other discount or special offer. Valid at all participating SUBWAYâ„¢ Taiwan Restaurants through August 15, 2007.

For a limited time, Jimmy’s Sandwich Company SUBWAYâ„¢ restaurants are product testing Potato Wedges at $20 for small and $35 for large sizes. Our Potato Wedges are baked fresh daily, not fried. Available with bacon and cheese at $35 for small and $60 for large sizes. Potato Wedges are available with the meal discount. This is a product test which is not generally available at other SUBWAYâ„¢ Taiwan restaurants.

(Product availability may change without notice.)

NOTE: The free newspaper promo has ended.

Free copies of the International Herald Tribune are available to take daily while supplies last at both Jimmy’s Sandwich Company SUBWAYâ„¢ restaurants. This is a savings of up to $95. In addition, discount subscription forms are available in the restaurant for a free two week trial.

(Limited to 10 copies per day per restaurant. Please take one per customer. No purchase necessary. Please see the subscription form for details on the free trial subscription.)

New Product Test

We’re starting a product test of baked potato wedges. A couple other stores are in on the test which have started already or will start soon. The different stores are using different prep methods to test which are operationally easier and result in the best product. The method we use is one I came up with.

We started this afternoon at my Xingtian Temple Restaurant. We start with fresh potatoes, topped with a special blend of spices and then baked in our bread oven. When ordered they are toasted in the high-speed oven. A small serving is $20 and a large serving (double size) is $35. They can optionally be topped with a specialty sauce, cheese and/or bacon for an additional charge.

Because this is a test we may not be able to make it available consistently at all times in the beginning while we try to figure out the demand for the product and work through operational issues of how to prep the product. When things are going smoothly at the Xingtian Temple Restaurant, we’ll start serving this at my Qingcheng Restaurant. Please don’t be disappointed if you find it unavailable when you come in.

I’m pretty excited about this. Our snack sales are pretty low because the bagged chips and cookies aren’t very popular with Taiwanese customers. We’ve had a pretty good response to the potato wedges so far, though it is very early. Besides that though, I had a small serving with cheese and bacon to test it myself and it was quite yummy.

Another promotion we are testing which I mentioned on Forumosa but not here is allowing meal discounts with 12″ sandwiches and salads (previously only available with 6″ sandwiches in Taiwan). This is also being tested at a limited number of stores, including both my restaurants.

Back from Singapore

Actually, I was back on Wednesday night, but was busy with catching up with weekly paperwork and such. The meeting was really nice and I think we got a lot of things accomplished. If even a few things are actually followed through in, there will be a lot of good to come in the next few years. I got to meet a lot of nice people, including the Singapore regional HQ staff which I usually only talk with by email or sometimes by phone. Also plenty of good food and drink as well.

Meeting Day 1

I got to Singapore OK, though I wasn’t much good yesterday evening after having gotten up so early. One of the other meeting participants came in on the same flight but somehow we never bumped into each other. The meeting has been quite interesting. I can’t talk about any of it, but there should be a lot of good things to come out of it. It’s also been a great social opportunity to talk to a lot of Subway people in the Singapore office and from across Asia.

The hotel charges for Internet though, so I’m limiting my use.

Off to Singapore

Got up at 4:40am this morning to catch an early flight to Singapore. Will be there for a two day Subway meeting and then coming back on Wednesday afternoon. Subway has us booked at the Goodwood Hotel (stop snickering, Beavis) which looks like a pretty swank place. This has turned out to be the longest I’ve stayed in Taiwan, with over a year since I got back from the Subway training. Somehow I’ve still managed to keep Gold Card status on EVA Air, so I got the quick check-in and now am waiting in the lounge for the flight to be called.