Subway to expand Irish operations
Sandwich chain Subway has said it plans to open 180 new stores across Ireland over the next six years creating 1,800 jobs.
The brand said it was announcing the ambitious expansion in response to growing demand for affordable, healthier choices which are made to order, and extended opening hours.
Subway has 117 stores in the Republic and 809 people are employed in the independently owned franchises. It plans to open 40 new stores this year.
Mike Charest, Subway's assistant regional director for Europe, said the growth would also target new markets such as education and transport hubs.
"The UK and Irish markets have been fantastic success stories for the Subway brand and we see opportunities for further growth as more and more consumers demand great tasting food at a value price-point," he said.
"The introduction of a varied breakfast menu and longer opening hours have been instrumental in increasing store footfall.
"In addition to our traditional store development we see new potential in settings such as universities, stations, convenience stores, hospitals, airports and petrol stations."
Muriel O'Grady, representing Subway in Ireland, said: "We are a strong team of independent entrepreneurs working collectively to grow our business by providing excellent food, service and value.
"As well as the service we provide to customers we are also supporting the economy wherever we can and in the past year alone the Subway brand used over 400,000 beef patties produced in Ireland and using 100% Irish beef sourced from certified quality assured farms.
"It's something we are immensely proud of and ensures that we serve the communities in Ireland in more ways than one."