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Subway expands delivery to 9,000 restaurants

The company has partnerships with Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash and Postmates.
Photograph courtesy of Subway

Subway on Friday said that it now has delivery at nearly 9,000 restaurants through a group of partnerships with different delivery providers as it rapidly expands its service throughout the U.S.

The Milford, Conn.-based sandwich giant has deals with Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash and Postmates to deliver its sandwiches and wraps. Customers can order delivery from the chain’s website, subway.com/delivers. The company said that more of its restaurants will get delivery in the coming months.

The company’s franchisees operate nearly 26,000 locations in the U.S. Delivery is part of a plan to bolster sales, which have been weak in recent years, including a 4.4% decline in domestic system sales last year, according to Technomic.

“We want to connect with consumers and give them the convenience of choice, whether it’s a customized, made-to-order sandwich or in how they get their meals,” Michael Lang, Subway’s senior director of global convenience, said in a statement.

Delivery is a rapidly expanding service, with nearly every major restaurant chain adding, marketing and expanding the service. Delivery is expected to grow by 12% a year for the next five years, according to Technomic.

Subway’s quick move, building all year, adds the country’s largest sandwich chain to that mix. Several of Subway’s competitors already have delivery, notably the service’s pioneer, Jimmy John’s. Both Jersey Mike’s and Firehouse Subs also have third-party delivery deals.

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