Today Subway is one of the most valuable restaurant brands worldwide. The quick service restaurant chain has spread the brand worldwide, and restaurants can now be found in 11 countries. The number of Subway restaurants worldwide has increased over the last few years to over 44 thousand restaurants in 2016. The number of Subway restaurants in the U.S. however decreased in 2016. This was the first decrease in units for over half a decade.
In terms of sales and revenues Subway is also one of the largest limited service restaurant chains in the global market. In the United States, Subway has some of the highest sales in the quick service restaurant industry, ranked among other large brands such as McDonald’s and Burger King. It is the leading sandwich restaurant chain in the U.S. with system wide sales more than three times as high as its closest competitor Arby's.