Yes. You or a partner with an equity stake must have restaurant, business, or franchising experience.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates to open multi-unit franchises.

$150,000 net worth with $100,000 liquid assets (cash-on-hand) per location*

*Depending on territory, higher requirements may be necessary.

The Subway restaurant franchise term is 20 years.

The estimated initial investment for a Subway restaurant ranges from $229,050 - $522,300,* depending on various factors such as building size, configuration, and location (not including real estate).

*Per item 7 of Subway Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)

The initial franchise fee is $15,000* for each Subway Franchise location.

*Per Subway Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)

The royalty fee is 8% of gross sales;* the advertising fee is 4.5% of gross sales.

*Per Subway Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)

Costs can vary based on building type (i.e., inline versus freestanding). However, they are commensurate with the footprint size and unit economics of our restaurants.

You should plan on remodeling your Subway Franchise based on the term. This can range anywhere from 5 to 10 years, depending on the remodel scope and type of the previous updates.

No. We have engineered our remodel scopes to leverage as many existing elements as possible and provide retrofitting options instead of replacements whenever possible.

The scale of the Subway Franchise system provides great advantages when sourcing furniture, fixtures, and equipment. This allows our packages to be very competitive as compared to other brands.

Subway restaurant formats include Freestanding, Inline, Endcap, Drive-Thru, and various Non-Traditional options.

It typically takes about 6 to 12 months. This is an estimate that depends on whether the location is a new build or acquisition or a remodel. Location type, site, permit, and construction considerations can also impact the estimated time to develop a franchise.

Yes! Subway offers a comprehensive 3-week training program. Training includes virtual training via University of Subway and in-person training at certified restaurants.

Yes. Subway has preferred vendors for every aspect of opening your restaurant.

Yes. We are currently seeking qualified franchise candidates who have an interest in acquiring 3 or more Subway restaurants.

Qualified franchise candidates interested in acquiring existing Subway restaurants must meet both our experience and minimum financial requirements per their desired market.

Capital expenditures can include the following: the restaurant’s remodel schedule, equipment replacement, adding drive-thru capabilities, and any applicable relocation costs.

Subway works closely with qualified candidates to find acquisition opportunities in their preferred market or region. Subway does not provide financing and the sale of a restaurant is between the franchisee and the buyer.

Non-traditional Subway restaurant locations provide a flexible and creative way to capitalize on high-traffic spaces, captive audiences, and extra space within businesses and public areas. Here are just a few reasons why they work:
  • Highly recognizable brand that people know and trust with craveable menu options.
  • Flexible, custom-designed floor plans, adaptable to almost any space.
  • Operations are simple. No cooking, grilling, or frying is required.
  • Our products are consistent and highly portable for “on-the-go” customers.
  • Subway has menu options for all day parts: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • We are developing innovative and convenient programs, such as Grab & Go.

More than 9,000 non-traditional restaurants are open and operating in 85 countries.

Non-traditional locations can include: Airports, Colleges & Universities, Hospitals, Military Bases, Travel Plazas, Convenience & Gas Locations, Amusement Parks, Casinos, and Department Stores.

You can be the Subway franchisee, or you can just lease space—either option is possible. We will review your site and work with you to determine which option makes the most sense. In addition, we can work with your existing food service contractor to add a Subway restaurant to your location.

Franchisees buy food directly from our approved suppliers.
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