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Subway keen to add to its 87 outlets in Northern Ireland

By Staff Reporter

Sandwich business Subway now has nearly 90 stores in Northern Ireland and is still looking for more, the business said.

It styles itself as the world's biggest quick-service restaurant brand in the world, and has 3,000 stores in over 105 countries - including 87 in the province.

The firm yesterday marked the opening of its 2,000th store in the UK and Ireland, in the Jarman Leisure Park in Hemel Hampstead.

Subway development agent Adam Heyes said: "The level of growth that the Subway brand has experienced in the UK and Ireland is a fantastic achievement.

"Celebrating the 2,000th store reflects the entrepreneurial spirit of our franchisees, together with the power and support of the global Subway brand.

"Expansion in Ireland is going strong and we are looking forward to opening many more stores throughout 2015."

Around 260 stores have opened in the UK and Ireland in the last 12 months - an average of five every week. All are owned by businesspeople working on a franchise basis.

Mr Heyes added: "We are keen to find new franchisees from across the region to open new stores.

"We have ambitious plans and are not only looking to increase our store count, but we are also looking to increase our sales and profitability throughout 2015."

According to Subway, one of its biggest growth areas is in non-traditional locations such as petrol forecourt sites, inside convenience stores and in public buildings like universities and colleges.

The UK and Ireland is its third largest market behind the US and Canada.

The business began in 1965 when Pete's Super Submarines was opened in Connecticut by 17-year-old Fred DeLuca, with funding from family friend Dr Peter Buck.

A franchise operation began in the 1970s, and the first Subway was opened in the Republic of Ireland in 1994.

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