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The SUBWAY chain, the world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise, has now opened over 1,000 stores in the UK & Ireland – creating more than 15,000 jobs and seeing an investment of over £100 million. The chain has doubled its number of stores in the last two years and has plans to open another 1,000 stores by 2010 – taking the total jobs created to over 30,000 and seeing a total investment of over £200 million.

The chain, which already has more stores than KFC, Pizza Hut and Burger King, is currently opening an average of six stores a week. It is anticipated that the chain will overtake McDonald’s in terms of store count by mid 2008. The rapid expansion of the SUBWAY chain is set to continue with a further 300+ franchises sold and therefore that number of stores waiting to be developed.

The SUBWAY chain opened its first store in Brighton in January 1996. Since then, the number of stores opening has been building momentum, particularly over the last couple of years, with increases in both franchises sold and the emergence of more multi-store owners.

Kevin Graham, Regional Director for Europe, Israel and South Africa, comments: “The level of growth we’ve experienced in the UK and Ireland is a fantastic achievement. It reflects the entrepreneurial spirit of the Development Agents and franchisees, together with the power of the SUBWAY brand and the strength of its systems, policies and procedures.”

Three stores opened up on the same day to take the SUBWAY chain to the 1000th store mark! The three stores were in: Southend-on-Sea, Essex – opened by franchisee Simon Fawkes; Donegal, Republic of Ireland - opened by franchisee Damian McColgan; and Stalybridge, Greater Manchester - opened by Phillip Hartley and Mark France.

One of the key reasons behind the SUBWAY chain’s success is the support network and robust processes available to franchisees. Developers and business consultants assist and mentor franchisees with site selection, leasing, design, construction, hands-on training, purchasing, operations, advertising, local store marketing and more. The support available to all franchisees has proved to be very successful with many franchisees investing in more than one franchise and becoming multi-store owners.

The SUBWAY chain’s flexibility and adaptable approach to the physical layout of its outlets has enabled it to open in a wide range of locations including large shopping centres, smaller town centres, retail parks, universities and convenience stores. With no need for grills and fryers, a SUBWAY® franchise is able to open in many properties where other food operators are not able to operate.

The SUBWAY chain’s popularity amongst consumers has seen sales of Subs continue to rise. If all the Subs that were bought in the UK and Ireland in the last year were laid down they would reach from the UK to Australia (where the chain also recently opened its 1,000th store!)

One of the SUBWAY chain’s key product advantages is that its Subs are made fresh in front of the customer, exactly the way they want it. It also bakes its bread fresh throughout the day and one 6” Sub with all the vegetables provides customers with one of their recommended ‘5 A Day’. The SUBWAY chain’s ‘Under 6g of Fat’ range means that customers can have a lower fat, lower calorie Sub that still tastes great.

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Notes to Editors:

• The SUBWAY chain is the world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise, with more than 27,800 locations in over 86 countries. Headquartered in Milford, Connecticut, SUBWAY® was co-founded by Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck in 1965. That partnership marked the beginning of a remarkable journey, which has made it possible for thousands of individuals to build and succeed in their own business.

• SUBWAY is a registered trademark of Doctor’s Associates Inc.

• For more information about the SUBWAY® chain please visit www.subway.co.uk

Issued by McKenna Townsend PR on behalf of SUBWAY.

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