Be part of a winning team

The history

Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck opened the first Subway restaurant in the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA, in the summer of 1965. The company was later incorporated in the name of Doctor's Associates Inc.

The Subway franchise is the largest restaurant chain in North America and is aiming to become the largest restaurant chain in the world.

The Subway franchise system places a focus on making great sandwiches. It is so great, in fact, that many Subway customers have become franchise owners simply because they believe in the product.

Subway franchise offers

  • 24 hour potential with hot menu items
  • Flexible floor plans
  • Simple operations, no frying or grease
  • Trusted brand recognition
  • Well trained team of people striving to exceed customers' needs
  • Dedicated headquarters personnel and local support network

Great food

Subway 'Sandwich Artists' begin making customers' sandwiches on a varied selection of daily baked gourmet breads. With the option of many ingredients, the sandwiches are customised with an array of meats, cheeses and vegetables and topped off with unique select sauces. In addition, many food flavours are brought out by toasting the sandwiches to perfection, just the way a customer wants.

Products you will be proud to serve

The Subway franchise offers your customers many great options to eat a fresh meal, fast. Think about your customer base and all the potential consumers who patronise your business. Wouldn't the quality of the Subway products appeal to those consumers?


Tuscany decor integrates the look of natural building materials - brick, clay, stone - into the stores and conveys to customers that Subway locations are warm and inviting family dining destinations.

The franchisee 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

The company provides:

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

Investment and Capital Requirements

A Subway franchise has some of the lowest start-up costs in the industry. Your complete investment will depend on your location, size and the extent of renovations 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.

Location performance

Generally, the most important factors for performance are the location of the franchise and how well it is run. Because these key factors are unknown, Doctor's Associates Inc. cannot predict your results.

In fact, to eliminate possible misunderstandings, the company has a policy that no employee or agent can provide you with projections as to potential sales, earnings and profitability.


Doctor's Associates Inc. is proud of the excellent support systems available to Subway franchisees. Ongoing support is provided before and after you open your store. As soon as you join the Subway team, you'll have access to help to get you started. Once open, systems are in place to help you operate your location effectively.

Quotes from Subway franchisees

"Having worked in the food service industry for 30 years I decided to set-up my own business. I researched several options but was impressed with the strength and security offered by a recognised franchise. I was particularly attracted to the Subway chain, not only because of the quality of the product, the heritage and the increasing brand recognition, but also because the chain is still growing and I was keen to grow with it. In partnership with my colleague, Neil Black, I am responsible for the development of the Subway chain in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. There are now over 120 stores in our territory and I am the franchisee of seven of these stores."
James Fleck, Wales, 30+ franchises

"I became a Development Agent because I saw a great concept that would be keenly embraced by Australian consumers. I saw this fantastic opportunity to become a significant part of that process, one that would give me great job satisfaction and the opportunity to learn and practice many skills. No two days are alike! My Subway experience continues to be the most exciting ride of my personal and professional life. My partner, Jom Dimas, agrees that we are living our dream."
Nick Dimas, Australia, 1059+ franchises

"We have gotten what we have always wanted: To operate our own business and to use our skills and hard work to make a profit for ourselves. The operation of the Subway restaurant requires an investment of intensive work, love and care, but it pays back as the restaurant becomes better and more profitable. We could not succeed in operating our own successful business without the support and the know-how of the Subway system and the knowledge-sharing with the Subway staff and colleagues."
Yael and Eitan Berenblum, franchisees, Australia, 12 franchises.