Subway celebrates 2,000th store opening in the UK and Ireland

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Subway brand has delivered £200m investment in local economies and created more than 20,000 jobs  



28 January 2015

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The Subway brand is today celebrating the opening of its 2,000th store in the UK and Ireland, with a new store in the Jarman Leisure Park in Hemel Hempstead.

The milestone opening highlights the more than £200m investment that Subway franchisees contribute to their local economies, alongside providing over 20,000 jobs in stores across the UK and Ireland.

As the largest quick service restaurant (QSR) brand worldwide – there are more than 43,000 Subway stores in over 105 countries – the continued expansion of the brand in the UK and Ireland has seen over 260 stores open in the last 12 months. That’s an average of five stores opening every week.

All Subway stores are owned by local franchisees. One of the largest areas of growth for the Subway brand currently is the development of stores in non-traditional locations, such as on forecourt sites, within convenience stores, universities and hospitals. Partnerships with organisations including Welcome Break, Euro Garages, Applegreen and Sodexo have helped the brand to open more than 430 non-traditional locations in the UK and Ireland.

Greg Madigan, area development manager for Subway UK and Ireland, described the level of growth as “fantastic” and added that the brand has “a strong pipeline of stores opening throughout 2015 in a variety of locations from high street to popular non-traditional locations.”

Christopher Seymour, franchisee of the UK and Ireland’s 2,000th Subway store in Hemel Hempstead said the new store is his 12th, and he has another three in the pipeline for this year.

The UK and Ireland is the Subway brand’s third largest market, behind the US and Canada. In all, there are more than 15,000 international locations in over 105 countries outside of the US, with over 4,500 stores across Europe.

Over 70% of all new Subway franchises sold worldwide are sold to existing owners, which the company states is a testament to the brand’s strength and solid support offered to franchisees.

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.




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