QSR chain Subway now boasts 2,000 stores in the UK and Ireland following an aggressive programme of store expansion during the past 12 months.
The brand has seen 260 stores open in the last 12 months, an average of five a week, to reinforce its position as the largest sandwich chain in the market.
Its 2,000th store arrived in February, when franchisee Christopher Seymour opened a unit at the Jarman Leisure Park in Hemel Hempstead.
Subway said the milestone opening highlighted the more than £200m investment that its franchisees contribute to their local economies, alongside providing over 20,000 jobs in stores across the UK and Ireland.
One of the largest areas of growth for the Subway brand currently is the development of stores in non-traditional locations, such as on forecourt sites, within convenience stores, universities and hospitals.
Partnerships with organisations including Welcome Break, Euro Garages, Applegreen and Sodexo have helped the brand to open more than 430 non-traditional locations in the UK and Ireland.
Greg Madigan, area development manager for Subway UK and Ireland, commented: “The level of growth that the brand has experienced in the UK and Ireland is a fantastic achievement. It reflects the entrepreneurial spirit of Subway franchisees and development agents, together with the power and support of the global Subway brand.”
Madigan says the company has a “strong pipeline” of stores opening throughout 2015 in a variety of locations from high street to popular non-traditional locations.
The UK and Ireland remains Subway’s third largest market, behind the US and Canada.