Which fast food chain has the most stores worldwide? About seventy percent of the people who answer this question get this wrong by saying it's McDonald's. However, McDonald's is not the fast food chain with the most stores worldwide. McDonald's is the second biggest fast food chain with 34,700 restaurants worldwide. If you don't believe it, count the golden arches as you travel.
Subway has a store counter on its website that claims that it has a total of 42,296 restaurants in 107 countries and territories. Therefore, Subway is the fast food chain with the most stores in the world.
Subway is an American fast food restaurant franchise that primarily sells submarine sandwiches (subs) and salads. Subway is owned and operated by Doctor's Associates, Inc. It is the largest single-brand restaurant chain and the largest restaurant operator globally.
When a 17-year-old entrepreneur named Fred DeLuca set out to fulfill his dream of becoming a medical doctor, he searched for a way to help pay for his education, a family friend suggested he open a submarine sandwich shop. With a loan of $1,000 from his friend, Dr. Peter Buck, the youngest opened the first submarine sandwich shop on Aug. 28 1965. Dr. Buck offered to become DeLuca's partner, and a business relationship was formed that would change the course of the fast food industry.
After the pair opened the first store, they set a goal of having 32 stores opened in 10 years. The first year of business was a learning experience and a challenge. A year later they opened their second location, having realized that visibility and marketing were key factors to success. DeLuca focused on serving a well-made, high quality product, providing excellent customer service, keeping operating costs low and finding great locations. These lessons continue to serve as the foundation for successful Subway restaurants worldwide.
By 1974, the duo owned and operated 16 submarine sandwich shops throughout Connecticut Realizing they would not reach their 32 store goal in 10 years, they began franchising which launched the Subway brand into rapid growth which continues to this day.
In 1978, Subway opened its 100th store, and by 1987, Subway had 1,000 stores. The fast food chain continued to grow and opened over 1,100 units in 1993 alone. By comparison, McDonald's opened just under 800 that same year.
As of June 2013, the company had over 39,500 franchised locations worldwide and produced $9.05 billion sales every year. In 2007, Forbes magazine named DeLuca number 242 of the 400 richest Americans with a net worth of $1.5 billion. Today, Subway is one of the most popular chain restaurants with 42,296 stores.
By the way, DeLuca did graduate from the University of Bridgeport.