Subway Restaurants

The concept

Originally founded in the USA in 1985, Subway is now one of the largest franchise food chains in the world.


Subway restaurants sell customised submarine sandwiches, as well as a range of drinks. Each sandwich is made using freshly baked breads and customers can chose their fillings from a range of ingredients including meats, cheeses and vegetables and topped off with unique selection of sauces.

The opportunity

As well as full training and support, Subway provides:

  • Access to formulas and operational systems
  • Store design and equipment ordering guidance
  • Training programme
  • Operation manual
  • Representative on-site during opening
  • Periodic evaluation and ongoing support
  • Informative publications

Ideal franchise owner profile

Subway is looking for franchise owners who have the skills and experience needed to run a successful restaurant.


The Subway franchise owner is responsible for:

  • Initial franchise fee
  • Finding locations
  • Leasehold improvements and equipment
  • Hiring employees and operating restaurants
  • Paying eight per cent royalty to the company and a fee into the advertising fund

Investment requirement

Your complete investment will depend on your location, size and extent of renovations to the premise required. The following estimated costs represent a wide range of possible locations throughout the world:

Lower cost – US$80,000
Moderate cost – US$150,000
Higher cost – US$310,000

There are traditional and non-traditional locations for Subway franchises. Historically, the non-traditional locals have cost less. It is important to note that the offering circular, or disclosure documents for various countries are available for more definitive costs.