Blimpie is a submarine sandwich chain in the United States. The company is based in Scottsdale, Arizona. The first Blimpie store was opened in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1964. (The original store called 'Blimpie Base' remained unchanged until about 1994 when it was remodeled.) By mid-2002, there were about 2,000 Blimpie outlets in operation, located in 47 U.S. states and in 15 other countries. Unlike many restaurant chains, Blimpie does not generally operate 'company stores'. Virtually all its income is derived from the various fees associated with franchise arrangements. In addition to freestanding outlets and locations in shopping malls and store clusters, Blimpie can be found in a variety of nontraditional sites, such as inside convenience stores, gasoline station food marts, schools, office complexes, hospitals, and sports arenas. A key area of growth is in the development or acquisition of other brands.
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