Subway To Hire 400 In Ireland Expansion

04 Jul 2017 | 12.09 pm

Subway To Hire 400 In Ireland Expansion

Sandwich franchise plans to have 321 stores in Ireland by 2020

04 Jul 2017 | 12.09 pm

The Subway fast food chain is planning to create around 400 jobs across the island of Ireland by 2020, as it announced plans to increase the number of outlets here to 321.

The Irish expansion is part of a plan by Subway to grow its presence in Ireland and the UK to 3,000 stores by over the next three years, creating around 5,000 new jobs.

There are currently 2,499 Subway stores in Ireland and the UK, which are operated on a franchise basis. According to the company, its franchisees in the UK and Ireland will employ around 24,000 full-time and part-time staff by 2020.

In addition to Subway’s in-store employment, the brand contracts other vendors and suppliers such as print and advertising, along with the supply chain managed by IPC Europe, a non-profit making organisation owned by Subway franchisees.

Subway is headquartered in Connecticut in the US and was founded by Fred DeLuca and Peter Buck in 1965. It now has outlets in more than 112 countries and turnover in the region of £515m.

Commenting on this week’s job announcement, Peter Dowding, Subway’s country director for the UK and Ireland, said: ““Our fantastic growth is a testament to the hard work and effort of our franchisees. Our franchise model is tried and tested, it works for entrepreneurs and it works for us.”

He added: “We are confident our business model will continue to grow as more and more consumers demand great tasting food at a value price-point. With 5,000 new jobs expected over the next three years, opening up a further 500 stores demonstrates not only the value of the business to our franchisees but also collectively, the real and significant contribution to Irish and British economies.”

Subway franchisees pay a fee of £8,500 to run their own store, after which they pay 12.5% of their weekly income in franchise royalties and advertising costs. Three-fifths of Subway stores in Ireland and the UK are located on high streets.

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