Subway to replace outgoing UK development chief

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One of the key figureheads behind Subway’s recent growth in the UK market has left the company, FEJ has learned.

Greg Madigan, who served as area development manager at Subway UK & Ireland, has returned to his native Australia after two years with the firm.

A Subway spokesperson confirmed that Mr Madigan had left his post and said that it hoped to clarify his replacement soon.

Mr Madigan joined the business in 2014 after moving across from Subway’s Brisbane office, where he was responsible for store operations nationwide.

He arrived with a remit to grow the brand in the UK and Ireland and had been working with Subway’s development agents to find new locations and set up franchise agreements.

During his time in the post, Subway opened its first ever store within a car dealership in the UK and extended its partnership with contract caterer Aramark, which will open five stores this year.

“The success of our partnership with Aramark is due to the wide range of locations in which the company operates, and how easily the Subway brand can integrate into those locations, whether these are colleges, universities, hospitals or businesses,” said Madigan earlier this year.

“Non-traditional locations are a key area of growth for the Subway brand — the simple operations involved in running a store and the convenience offer make it a perfect fit for these locations.”

Subway is one of the very few foodservice companies to operate a store network of in excess 2,000 units. It recently revealed it is looking to find 70 new locations a year in Greater London and the south of England alone as it seeks to expand further.

Store footprints range from 200 sq ft to 1,500 sq ft, giving it the flexibility to open sites in town centres, retail parks and main roads.

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