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Franchising FAQs

1. Why should I join the Subway team?

Joining the SUBWAY® team gives you the great opportunity to own your own business, but not just any business, a proven business with a low investment, simple operations, flexible floor plans, national and local support, national and regional advertising, a two week training program, ongoing learning for our owners and their staff, store development assistance, design support; lease negotiations, construction guidance and much, much more.

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2. How much is the franchisee fee?

The initial franchisee fee is $15,000.

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3. How much are the royalty and advertising fees?

SUBWAY® Franchisees pay 12.5% every week (gross sales minus the sales tax); 8% goes toward the franchise royalties and 4.5% goes towards advertising.

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4. How much does it cost to open a SUBWAY® restaurant?

While the initial franchise fee is $15,000, each location is different and the initial investment varies depending on restaurant size, build out costs, location, etc. For a better idea of the capital requirements, click here.

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5. How much money will I make?

Our employees, salespeople, or Development Agents are not permitted to furnish any oral or written information concerning actual or potential sales. Actual results vary from restaurant to restaurant and we cannot estimate the results of any particular franchise. We encourage you to call SUBWAY® Restaurant's large number of multi-unit owners to learn first hand why they decided to acquire additional franchises.

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6. Is financing available?

There are a number of approved companies that can provide you with financing. Contact them directly for more detailed information on their offerings. For more information, click here.

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7. What is a Development Agent?

A Development Agent (or DA) is a local, on-site representative of the SUBWAY® concept. Your DA will be your primary contact in your local area and will be able to provide local support not only throughout the application process but continued support as you operate your restaurant.

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8. How do I become a Development Agent?

To find out if you are qualified to become a Development Agent, click here. For a list of territories around the world that are in need of Development Agents, click here. For more information contact Crystal Babcock at

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9. Will I receive training?

Absolutely! Training classes are held throughout the year. We have multiple training centers located around the world, with the main training center located in Milford, CT. You will be assigned to a training center based on your location and language preference.

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10. I have heard that there is a Basic Skills test, what is that?

Your local Development office will direct you to take a two part test, focusing on English and Math, which takes approximately one hour to complete. All newcomers to the SUBWAY® system are required to complete the test.

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11. Who will build my restaurant?

We will provide detailed blueprints from our Store Design team as well as recommended contractors that other owners in the area have used. Nevertheless, you are responsible for hiring a contractor to build your location.

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12. Do I have to negotiate the lease for my location?

No. All leases are corporately held and you will receive a sublease. For more information about Subway Real Estate LLC., click here.

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13. Why do I have to order my supplies from your vendor?

We require all franchisees to order food from an approved food distributor. This ensures that all SUBWAY® restaurants have the best quality food while allowing maximum savings. SUBWAY® has an Independent Purchasing Cooperative (IPC). IPC is a franchisee-owned and operated purchasing cooperative that negotiates the lowest costs for goods and services while maintaining quality, standards and ensuring the best value for SUBWAY® franchisees.

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14. What is a Non-Traditional location?

A Non-Traditional Location is any location that is attached to, located within, or located on the property of an existing business or facility. Most, or sometimes all, of its customers are pulled from the host location’s existing customer base. These locations can be semi-captive or captive. Some examples include locations within airports, convenience stores, hospitals or colleges and universities. To learn more, click here.

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15. What are the local exchange rates for my country?

For a complete list of current exchange rates, click here.

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