Subway - Statistics & Facts

Subway is a U.S.-based quick service restaurant chain known for its six inch and foot long submarine sandwiches. The limited service restaurant was founded by Fred DeLuca and Peter Buck in 1965 under the name ‘Pete’s Super Submarines’. In 1966, the company was reorganized under the parent company Doctor’s Associates Inc, and subsequently renamed to ‘Pete’s Subway’, marking the beginning of the contemporary Subway brand. Subway began franchising restaurants in the mid 1970s and today all Subway stores are operated by franchisees. The company remains a privately held company to this day and is still headquartered in Connecticut where it was founded.

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.

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