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Subway aims for 3,000 outlets by 2020 in UK, Ireland

RBR Staff Writer Published 22 January 2014

Sandwich chain Subway has outlined plans to nearly double the number of its outlets in the UK and Ireland to 3,000 by 2020, thus creating over 13,000 new jobs.


As part of the expansion, the American chain is looking to open four stores every week between now and then.

The company noted that the expansion was in response to growing consumer demand for its sandwiches, which now includes extended opening hours to cater for the growing breakfast market.

Subway Europe assistant regional director Mike Charest said UK and Irish markets have been fantastic success stories for the Subway brand and they could see opportunities for further growth as more and more consumers demand great tasting food at a value price-point.

"The introduction of a varied breakfast menu and longer opening hours have been instrumental in increasing store footfall," Charest added.

The company is looking to set up outlets in high-street stores as well as outlets in universities, stations, convenience stores, hospitals, airports and petrol stations.

Subway currently has more than 1,600 outlets in the UK and another 122 in Ireland, all run on a franchise basis, employing 8,600 people. In 2013, the chain opened 150 new outlets.

Image: Subway restaurant, 4009 Carpenter Road, Pittsfield Township, MichiganPhoto: Courtesy of Dwight Burdette.