Subway appoints new country director

Colin Hughes, Subway's new country manager for Ireland and the UK, is a veteran of the foodservice industry
Colin Hughes, Subway's new country manager for Ireland and the UK, is a veteran of the foodservice industry

Subway has officially appointed Colin Hughes as its new company director for Ireland and the UK. He joins the business at a time of change, with a new brand initiative just out of the blocks and ambitious targets for growth in the coming years.



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27 September 2018 | 0

Subway Inc has announced the appointment of a new country director for Ireland and the UK. Colin Hughes, who is originally from Lurgan, Co. Armagh, commenced the role formally on 18 June, and brings with him a wealth of experience from the likes of M&S, Pret-a-Manger and stylish UK cafe chain EAT.

Hughes’ objective as country director is to drive growth of the business in Ireland and the UK. Subway recently launched a number of newly-designed Subway Fresh Forward locations in both countries; with more in the pipeline, Hughes will lead the ongoing activation of Subway’s revitalisation. The company’s overall objective is to increase the number of locally-owned Subway stores to 3,000 by 2020.

Colin Hughes is a 25-year veteran of the food and retail industry, having held numerous executive roles multiple high-profile chains and companies. He led 145 restuarants at Wyevale Garden Centres in the UK, both company-owned and franchised. In his role as retail operations director at both Pret A Manger and Eat, Hughes was responsible for the opening of over 150 new restaurants throughout the UK.

Most recently, Hughes has worked as an independent consultant to a range of businesses and private equity clients, aiding them to not only grow but also transform.

Commenting on the new appointment, Subway’s regional director Justin Goes said the company is exceptionally pleased Hughes is joining the team. “His valuable experience and knowledge in retail, food and franchising makes him well positioned to lead the business in the UK and Ireland going forward,” Goes said.

Hughes himself said he is absolutely thrilled to be joining the business at an important time in its evolution. “Subway is a terrific brand with a great legacy and exciting future,” he said, “and I look forward to working with my new colleagues to support and deliver for our franchise owners and guests.”

There are currently 2,500+ Subway stores across Ireland and the UK, all of which are individually owned and operated by franchisees.


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