Subway
#5

Initial Investment

LOW: $116,600
HIGH: $263,150

Change in Units

+1.7% +768 UNITS (1 Year)
+9.4% +4149 UNITS (3 Years)

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Company Profile

Founded

1965

Franchising Since

1974 (42 Years)

Corporate Address

325 Bic Dr. Milford, CT 06461

CEO

Suzanne Greco

Parent Company

Doctor's Associates

About Subway

In 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and family friend Peter Buck opened Pete's Super Submarines in Bridgeport, Connecticut. With a loan from Buck for only $1,000, DeLuca hoped the tiny sandwich shop would earn enough to put him through college. After struggling through the first few years, the founders changed the company's name to Subway and began franchising in 1974. Subway has franchises throughout the United States and in 98 countries, with locations in traditional and nontraditional sites alike.

Financials

Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$116,600 - $263,150

Net-worth Requirement

$80,000 - $310,000

Liquid Cash Requirement

$30,000 - $90,000

Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee

$15,000

Ongoing Royalty Fee

8%

Ad Royalty Fee

4.5%

Financing Options

Subway offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee, equipment

Subway has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: 
franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory

Veteran Incentives


Franchise fee waived if opening on a military/government location; 50% off franchise fee if opening on non-government location but receiving government financing

Franchise 500® Rank History

Highest Rank: 1

Lowest Rank: 9

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Operations & Franchisor Support

Training Onsite: 10 days

Training at headquarters: 14 days

Additional Training: Training available in Australia, China, Germany, India, Montreal, Canada & Miami

Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Internet
Security
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Slicks
Regional Media
National Media

Absentee Ownership Allowed

Number of employees required to run: 8 - 12

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Updated: August 17th, 2016

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