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6. Subway

Last Year's Rank: 5

Investment Range: $89,550 - $328,700

Initial Franchise Fee: $29,870 - $60,330

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description

Subway is one of the largest franchises in the world in terms of unit count. Though the submarine sandwich chain discontinued its famous “Five Dollar Footlong” deal for all but a few sandwich varieties, it continues to offer special deals on its 6-inch, 8-inch and foot-long create-your-own subs.

Founded by Peter Buck and Fred DeLuca in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1965, Subway has units in more than 100 countries. In 2018, DeLuca’s sister Suzanne Greco was replaced as CEO by Trevor Haynes, the sub chain’s former chief business development officer.

Company Statistics

Global Sales: $16,200,000,000

US Units: 24,798

International Units: 17,629

Total Units: 42,427

Percent Franchised: 100%

% International Units: 42%

US Franchised Units: 24,798

International Franchised Units: 17,629

Sales Growth %: -6.4%

Unit Growth %: -3.4%

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