1) Subway Restaurants was created in 1965 by Fred DeLuca and Peter Buck and was originally called “Pete’s Super Submarines” (later renamed as “Pete’s Subway”).
2) Subway Restaurants is owned by Doctor’s Associates, which has no association with any doctors or anything else in the medical field.
3) The term “Doctor’s Associates” was created because Mr. DeLuca (cofounder) wanted to earn enough money to pay for his medical school bills.
4) In 2013 Subway faced several lawsuits from customers who ordered footlong sandwiches only to discover their sandwiches were not equal to one foot long. Subway responded by stating the term “footlong” is descriptive and not meant to be measured.
5) At the end of 2010, Subway became the largest fast food chain with over 33,000 locations across the world – surpassing McDonald’s by over 1,000 locations. Subway currently has almost 50,000 locations in over 100 different countries.
6) Jared Fogle is known as the “Subway guy” and is known for his significant weight loss while eating mainly Subway sandwiches. His weight loss led to advertising deals with Subway. Jared is estimated to be worth $15 million and has a Subway “black card” – which entitles him to unlimited free food from Subway.
7) Subway Restaurants have expended to include some unusual locations – including a church, laundromat and car dealership.
8) Subway has a small number of kosher restaurants in Cleveland, Miami, Los Angeles and Maryland. The restaurants have identical menus as a regular Subway location but serve soy instead of pork.
9) In 2011, Subway revealed that less than 1% of its restaurants fail – which is considered to be one of the lowest failure rates in the fast food industry.
10) Subway’s “Italian BMT” sandwich is named after Brooklyn Manhattan Transit.
11) Subway received some negative publicity in 2014 after a food blogger gathered over 50,000 signatures from concerned customers asking Subway to remove azodicarbonamide from their breads. The chemical is used to increase the elasticity of the bread and is also used in making yoga mats. It is legally permitted for use in foods. Subway caved to public pressure and removed the ingredient from its breads.