Sandwich chain Subway prepares expansion in High Street war

Sandwich chain Subway is preparing to open another 500 shops by 2020 as it looks for to seal its place as the UK’s biggest High Street junk food chain.

That would bring its overall to 3,000 throughout the UK and Ireland – practically double that of closest competing Greggs, which has 1,698 dining establishments.

Subway stated growing consumer need for its sandwiches had owned the choice.

The company is likewise in the procedure of upgrading its shops with a revamped menu and a makeover for the stores.

It stated its growth strategies would develop 5,000 brand-new tasks.

‘Not unhealthy’

The chain’s primary menu is still “subs” – long, US-style baguette-like sandwiches made with soft bread – but it likewise now uses salads.

Subway’s UK director Peter Dowding stated it was likewise taking a look at revamping its breakfast and night menus.

“We currently have a breakfast menu, but it’s a part of the day we have to deal with,” he stated.
The company surpassed McDonald’s as the world’s biggest dining establishment chain more than 6 years back, but Mr Dowding stated the junk food giant was not its only rival.
” It’s everybody. It’s an extremely competitive world out there,” he stated.

Mr Dowding stated the chain’s most popular sandwiches differed inning accordance with place, but was generally the Italian BMT sandwich including salami, pepperoni and ham, the meatball marinara and the tuna sandwich.

He stated it was “a misunderstanding” that junk food was unhealthy, keeping in mind that 6 of the 9 sandwiches on its core menu included under 400 calories.

“We provide a broad series of items. We cater for option owned by customer need,” he included.

‘Evolution’

All Subway’s shops are separately owned and run as franchises of the United States brand name, with three-fifths of its UK and Irish outlets situated on standard high streets.
Mr Dowding stated the company had up until now seen no effect from the UK’s choice to leave the European Union.

“It’s business as typical. Like other business we’re waiting to see exactly what the federal government does and will tackle it from there,” he stated.

Mr Dowding signed up with the company simply 9 months back, but stated he’d consumed at the company for the previous 20 years.

“When they provided me the job I practically bit their arm off. I’m thrilled to be taking their development forward.”

Subway, which was established in the United States simply over 50 years earlier, now has 44,000 shops in 112 nations.