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Franchising FAQs

1. I’m interested in owning my own SUBWAY® restaurant. How do I get started?

We’d love to have you join our team! You’ll be part of a group of more than 21,000 SUBWAY® franchisees who share your entrepreneurial spirit.

Joining the SUBWAY® team gives you the great opportunity to own your own business- but not just any business: an established global brand with a proven operating system already in place.

It’s easy to get started. Your first step is to complete the Application for Aditional Information.

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2. How much is the franchisee fee?

In the United States and Canada, the franchise fee is $15,000. In countries outside of North America the initial franchise fee ranges from $10,000 - $15,000 (USD).

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3. How much will it cost to open my SUBWAY® restaurant?

The total investment is an estimated $116,000 to $263,000 in the United States and $102,000 to $234,000 in Canada.

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4. 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% toward advertising.

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5. Is financing available?

We offer an equipment leasing program and also work with companies that help secure financing for new franchisees. For more information about our approved financing companies, please review our finance programs chart.

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6. Will there be training and support?

Of course; all of our new franchisees attend a two week training course at our World Headquarters, or one of our many training centers around the world. Once training is complete, on-going support comes in many forms, including local development offices, e-learning training courses, a weekly newsletter and much more.

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7. How do I find a perfect location?

Once you are a franchisee, our Site Selection team will educate you on the site selection process and how to find locations. Your local Development Agent will make a recommendation on whether a location should be approved or not, and with the assistance of the Field Representative and home office Leasing Department, you will negotiate the economics of the lease with the landlord. Our objective will always be to secure the best possible location for a reasonable rent.

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8. Who will build my location?

While you will work with a local contractor that you hire, our Store Design team will provide detailed blueprints that not only meets our specifications, but provides you with a beautiful and functional restaurant.

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9. I am eager to get started. How long does the opening process typically take?

While every case is different, the typical length of time between the time you sign the Franchise Agreement, we approve your location, and you open your business, is between 2 and 12 months.

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10. Where do I order my food from?

The franchisee-owned and operated purchasing cooperative (Independent Purchasing Cooperative) negotiates the lowest costs for food and services, while maintaining quality, standards, and ensuring the best value for SUBWAY® franchisees.

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11. What is a Franchise Disclosure Document and how do I obtain the document?

The Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) will describe in detail how the SUBWAY® franchise relationship operates and will specify how the company is organized. It will also contain franchisee contact information so that you can contact our owners to get the information needed for your research. Once you complete an Application for Additional Information, we will forward it to you.

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12. What is a Development Agent?

Development Agents are franchise brokers assigned to geographical areas. They oversee franchise sales, site selection, training and operational assistance for franchisees. Development Agents also make recommendations as to whether a prospective franchisee in their territory should be granted a franchise.

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13. Are there any opportunities in my area?

As we continue our expansion, there are always new opportunities. Completing an Application for Additional Information is the first step in the process in learning about these new opportunities. For further information regarding your area of interest, contact your area sales manager.

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14. Are there any existing restaurants for sale?

You can find an existing restaurant that is for sale using our map of restaurants for sale.

For further information regarding your area of interest, contact your area sales manager.

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15. I am a landlord with available property that would be great for a SUBWAY® restaurant location. Would SUBWAY® be interested in my location?

16. What countries is SUBWAY® open in?

There are more SUBWAY® restaurants in the world than any other restaurant chain, making us a leader in the global development of the quick service restaurant industry. Review our full list of the countries we have restaurants in.

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17. Do you a have a franchise brochure that I can view?

We have a number of PDF versions of the SUBWAY® brochure for various regions of the world.

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18. How can I apply?

19. I have more questions about how to get started, who can I contact?

If you have additional questions or would like to talk to a sales representative, you can contact one of our franchise sales managers.

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