The story of the Subway brand started more than 50 years ago when Dr. Peter Buck, a nuclear physicist, changed the life of a college student with a few simple words, “Let’s open a submarine sandwich shop.”
It was Peter Buck that gave college freshman Fred DeLuca the idea to open a submarine sandwich shop to help pay his tuition. Peter provided an initial investment of $1000, and a business relationship was forged that would change the landscape of the fast food industry and the lives of thousands.
The partners opened their first restaurant in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where they served fresh, affordable, made to order sandwiches. The popularity of the sandwiches and the brand continued to grow over the decades but one thing remained the same and that was their core values and principles:
a) Always provide exceptional service to your valued guests;
b) Provide the highest quality menu items at a price everyone can afford and enjoy; and
c) Keep operating costs low and ensure you have great systems in place and never stop improving.
These early principles continue to serve as the foundation for Subway restaurants around the world.
Why Choose SUBWAY?
Aside from being a proven business with a low start-up cost, SUBWAY® is continually ranked the #1 Franchise*. Find out how SUBWAY® is the right fit for you.
When you own a SUBWAY® restaurant, you’re part of the world’s largest restaurant chain and one of its most recognized brands, and you’ll get the support and experience that comes with it. Be part of a winning brand that keeps customers coming back for delicious meals made just the way they want.
SUBWAY® is the undisputed leader in fast, healthy food. Our easy-to-prepare sandwiches are made to order right in front of the customer, precisely the way they want - using freshly baked breads, select sauces and a variety of delicious toppings.
You'll receive world-class training even before you make your first sandwich.
Our Support Network
When you join the SUBWAY® family, you’ll get world-class support before you even make your first sandwich and well beyond. Our franchise support system features:
- Product development
- Purchasing cooperative
- Field support, and much more!
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.
Is financing available?
We offer an equipment leasing program and also work with companies that help secure financing for new franchisees.
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.
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.
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.
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.