Quick-service restaurant giant Subway has opened its 5000th store in Europe. The milestone store is located in The Centre, a shopping complex in the heart of Livingston, Scotland.
The franchisee of the new Livingston store is Haj Atwal who selected the shopping centre location following its recent expansion and refurbishment. A seasoned business owner, the new store marks Atwal’s 16th with the brand and covers an area of over 1,400 sq ft, seating more than 50 customers and employing 15 members of staff.
All Subway outlets are owned by local businesspeople who operate their shops on a franchise basis. Subway francisees currently contribute over £500m worth of investment to the local economy and provide over 50,000 jobs in stores across Europe.
The first Subway store in the UK and Ireland opened in Brighton, UK in 1996, since then the brand has expanded its operations and increased its presence across Europe with stores now open in over 30 European countries, from Iceland to Russia. There are over 2,300 Subway stores in the UK and Ireland, which employ more than 23,000 people.
Justin Goes, regional director – Europe for the Subway brand, commented: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be announcing the 5,000th Subway store in Europe. It is a fantastic achievement and reflects the strong entrepreneurial spirit of our franchisees who work hard in their local communities providing a great product and excellent customer service to all our customers.
“The Subway brand has an incredible support system for franchisees, which allows them to benefit from over 50 years of the brand’s experience.”
Atwal, commented: “It feels fantastic to have opened the 5,000th Subway store in Europe. I started my career with the Subway brand over 15 years ago, when I opened my first store with my brother, Narinder in Edinburgh. Since then, we have gone on to open many more Subway stores individually and together, with the support of the brand.
“We’ve grown our business alongside the Subway brand – it’s fantastic to see the franchise reaching this significant milestone and for my new store to have been the 5,000th store to open in Europe. It really is a great time to be part of the Subway brand family.”