THE 17 YEAR OLD ENTREPRENEUR
How did the SUBWAY® chain start? Where did it all begin? A recent high school graduate, 17 year old Fred DeLuca, and family friend Dr. Peter Buck team up to open their first submarine sandwich shop in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Originally called “Pete’s Super Submarines,” they sell 312 sandwiches the first day. The average cost of a sub was between 49 cents and 69 cents.
WELCOME TO SUBWAY®!
The Subway® name is used for the first time
FAST FORWARD TO FRANCHISING
DeLuca and Buck decide that franchising is the best way to kick-start the chain’s growth. The first franchised SUBWAY® restaurant opens in Wallingford, Connecticut.
BIGGEST, MEATIEST, TASTIEST
The chain’s flagship sandwich, the classic BMT, is first introduced. It is named for the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit system, but later it is referred to as “Biggest, Meatiest, Tastiest,” in advertising campaigns. Also this year, the first SUBWAY® restaurant located outside of Connecticut opens in the state of Massachusetts.
FULL SPEED AHEAD
In just one year, the SUBWAY® chain opens an astounding 100 restaurants, with the opening of the 300th location.
FRESH OUT OF THE OVEN
SUBWAY® restaurants introduce freshly baked bread at U.S. locations. People begin to notice the remarkable growth of the chain since the first shop opened, with Entrepreneur Magazine® ranking SUBWAY® restaurants “Number One” in the sub sandwich category for the first time.
The chain ventures into the international arena and opens in the Middle Eastern nation of Bahrain. Party Platters and the SUBWAY® Club sandwich are introduced.
Growing, Growing, Growing
Continuing to grow at a rapid rate, 1,000 SUBWAY® restaurants are now open. This year, the chain opens its first locations in the state of Hawaii and in the Bahamas. Aloha!
Looking to fit into spaces anywhere and everywhere, the SUBWAY® chain ventures into “non-traditional” locations such as gas stations, convenience stores, truck stops, and rest areas. The popularity of the chain continues and is featured in more movie scenes- this year in “The Coneheads” and “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
Subway on the Web
The SUBWAY® website, www.subway.com officially launches. The motion picture, “Happy Gilmore” features numerous scenes at a SUBWAY® restaurant. International expansion booms, with SUBWAY® restaurants arriving in Colombia, Denmark, Guatemala, Kuwait, Martinique, Nicaragua, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Would You Like That Toasted?
Toasted subs are introduced, a welcomed new option by customers looking for a warm, melty sub. A SUBWAY® restaurant opens at the South Carolina regional headquarters of Goodwill Industries. The restaurant is part of a program dedicated to helping people with barriers to employment learn the skills needed to better provide for themselves and their families.
The first SUBWAY® Eco-Restaurant opens in Kissimmee, Florida to incorporate more environmentally responsible operations and to introduce the chain’s Eat Fresh, Live Green™ initiative. Eco-elements include low-flow faucets, energy efficient equipment, and solar tubes for lighting. The SUBWAY® chain launches its Fresh Fit® and Fresh Fit for Kids™ meals.
SUBWAY® Goes Undercover
The brand’s Chief Development Officer goes undercover on the hit TV show, “Undercover Boss.” Customers can now rise and shine with SUBWAY® restaurants, with 25,000 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada introducing the brand’s new national breakfast offerings. Options include a variety of sandwiches and melts, with the choice of egg whites or whole eggs, veggies, toppings, and sauces.
They Really “Like” Us!
The Subway® Facebook page reaches 20 million fans in January. At the end of January, the Build Your Own Virtual Subway® Challenge launches globally in 100 countries to inspire young entrepreneurs about owning your own business, with potential career opportunities with the Subway® franchise. The challenge coincides with the release of an educational documentary, “SUBWAY® Restaurants: How a 17-year-old Built the #1 Restaurant Chain in the World through Franchising” by Young & Successful Media.
Today, the SUBWAY® brand continues to be a leader in the industry. with more than 41,000 locations in over 100 countries.