A LEADING fast food sandwich outlet is looking to increase its number of stores across the region and create 525 new jobs.
Derbyshire development agents for the SUBWAY brand takeaways and eateries Rachana and Kiran Pancholi have announced the company’s plans to bring in 35 new stores within five years which will mean there will be 69 SUBWAYS in the county and surrounding areas.
Rachana, who has been a successful SUBWAY franchisee for nearly eight years, said: “The planned expansion across the region will not only provide a significant boost to the local employment market but also give some entrepreneurs the opportunity to establish their own small business as franchisees.
“The 525 new recruits will play a key part in delivering the great food and quality service the SUBWAY brand is known for.”
SUBWAY has already targeted locations for its new stores including Chesterfield, Bolsover, Bakewell, Matlock and Heanor as well as Swadlincote, Ashbourne, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derby and Glossop and other places in South Yorkshire.
There are 1,432 SUBWAY stores in the UK and 99 in Ireland and, according to SUBWAY, growth has been fuelled by consumer demand for convenient, affordable, fresh food.
SUBWAY co-founder Fred DeLuca announced the expansion with plans for 10 to 15 new franchisees as part of an overall target to increase the number of the company’s UK stores to 2,000 and create 6,000 new UK jobs.
Rachana and her husband Kiran work together as Derbyshire and South Yorkshire SUBWAY development agents and they are preparing to be part of the company’s latest plans.
He said: “I’ve been running my own business for 20 years and Rachana has won the brand’s Franchisee of the Year award twice so we’re both very familiar with the challenges and rewards of operating a small business.”
SUBWAY also told how it has now endorsed all four of the Government’s Responsibility Deal pledges on healthy eating with available calorie and nutritional information and low fat and salad promotions.