Subway brand celebrates its 5,000th store in Europe
22 March 2016 | 0
The Subway brand recently reached the milestone of 5,000 stores open and operating in Europe, with the opening of a brand new store in a shopping centre in Livingston, Scotland.
An impressive milestone, Subway says its latest opening highlights the more than £500m investment that Subway franchisees contribute to their local economies, alongside providing over 50,000 jobs in stores across Europe.
The first Subway store in the UK and Ireland opened in Brighton, UK in 1996, and since then the brand has expanded its operations and increased its presence across Europe with stores now open in over 30 European countries, from Iceland to Russia. In the UK and Ireland there are more than 2,300 Subway stores, employing over 23,000 people.
As the largest quick service restaurant (QSR) brand worldwide – there are more than 44,000 Subway stores in over 110 countries – the expansion of the brand across Europe continues at a fast pace, with 300 stores opening in the UK and Ireland alone throughout 2015. That’s an average of more than five Subway stores opening every week.
Justin Goes, regional director, Europe for the Subway brand, commented: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be announcing the 5,000th Subway store in Europe. It is a fantastic achievement and reflects the strong entrepreneurial spirit of our franchisees who work hard in their local communities providing a great product and excellent customer service to all our customers.”
Currently, over 70% of all new Subway franchises sold worldwide are sold to existing owners, which Subway believes is a testament to the strength of the brand and the solid support offered to franchisees. In a further feather in its cap, the Subway brand is a committed partner to the UK government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal, and the only QSR to have endorsed all eight nutrition-related pledges.