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Subway tries a new franchising strategy: bigger operators

The Bottom Line: The sandwich giant grew into the most prolific franchise in the world with small-scale operators. Now it wants franchisees with more locations.


What were they thinking???

Politics, poorly considered comparisons, bad texts and poorly conceived relief plans: The biggest restaurant blunders of 2021.

But the sandwich giant sees big potential in sprucing up more of its restaurants as part of its revitalization strategy.

The sandwich giant has an agreement to expand more rapidly in Saudi Arabia. It’s the chain’s third major international deal in recent months.

The Bottom Line: The company says it is not for sale. But valuation concerns and a lack of obvious buyers make a deal especially complicated.

The sandwich giant reached a deal with a private investment firm that will more than triple the number of locations in the country over the next decade.

The sandwich giant's new sub roll boasts zero sugar and one gram net carbohydrates.

Chirayu Patel, whose practices were subject of a New York Times investigation, told operators last week that he will no longer be in that role.

Global flavors trend at Firehouse, Ledo Pizza and Cava; Newk’s, Sweetgreen and Dog Haus play up plants; Toasted Yolk and Eggs Up Grill go big on breakfast; and Krispy Kreme and Eureka get spooky.

Subway called the suit “reckless and improper,” and a court found the plaintiffs did not adequately prove the sandwich giant had misrepresented the fish used in its sandwiches and salads.

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