Subway Passes McDonald’s As Dominant Global Fast Food Empire

4391792054_68563dfe0aIn the grim future years to come, we will be mandated daily to eat not a McDonald’s burger, but a Subway sandwich. Some credit for Subway’s ascension goes to the chain’s willingness to expand fast food franchising to nontraditional locations such as schools, churches, and bodies of water. CNNMoney introduces our new corporate overlords:

Subway has surpassed McDonald’s to become the world’s largest restaurant chain in terms of units, the sandwich company confirmed Monday.

Subway had 33,749 restaurants around the globe at the end of 2010, said company spokesman Les Winograd. McDonald’s had 32,737 at year end, according to a February regulatory filing from the burger giant.

“Last year was actually pretty average for us, growth-wise,” Winograd said. “We aim to open between 1,000 and 2,000 locations globally each year.”

About half of the company’s unit growth is overseas, Winograd said. Subway now has more than 1,000 locations in Asia, and it just opened its first store in Vietnam. Other high-growth nations include Brazil, Mexico, India, China, Russia and France.

“A lot of our growth has been in non-traditional spaces that our competitors might not touch,” Winograd said. “We have really unique ones, like on a riverboat in Germany, a church in Buffalo, car dealers, bowling alleys and casinos. We’re not just in strip malls.”

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  • DeepCough

    Some people might actually mistake this as a “step toward healthy” in fast food.

  • DeepCough

    Some people might actually mistake this as a “step toward healthy” in fast food.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      Well if you ask Jared you can put a single slice of lettuce on a quarter of a subway sandwich, and eat just that every day, and lose 50000 pounds in a few months (some conditions may apply, you may have to bust your balls playing the hit reality show The Biggest Loser while on this diet)

      • http://twitter.com/hornetmontana Hornet Montana

        50,000 lbs! This is confirmed as: hysterical.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Well if you ask Jared you can put a single slice of lettuce on a quarter of a subway sandwich, and eat just that every day, and lose 50000 pounds in a few months (some conditions may apply, you may have to bust your balls playing the hit reality show The Biggest Loser while on this diet)

  • http://twitter.com/hornetmontana Hornet Montana

    50,000 lbs! This is confirmed as: hysterical.

  • http://twitter.com/hornetmontana Hornet Montana

    F_ck bread.

  • http://twitter.com/hornetmontana Hornet Montana

    F_ck bread.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      I eat my chicken sandwiches with ham-steaks instead o bread

      • http://twitter.com/hornetmontana Hornet Montana

        Six-inch ham-steaks, we hope.

  • http://twitter.com/528Kaya528 Mario Jacome

    what kind of garbage goes on here masquerading as news… how is this news? who cares? really. either write decent articles or just go get a job at the onion.

  • http://twitter.com/528Kaya528 Mario Jacome

    what kind of garbage goes on here masquerading as news… how is this news? who cares? really. either write decent articles or just go get a job at the onion.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    I eat my chicken sandwiches with ham-steaks instead o bread

  • http://twitter.com/hornetmontana Hornet Montana

    Six-inch ham-steaks, we hope.

  • http://twitter.com/528Kaya528 Mario Jacome

    subway is huge for pregnant women, thats all I ever see them talking about on forums – posted by his wife

  • http://twitter.com/528Kaya528 Mario Jacome

    subway is huge for pregnant women, thats all I ever see them talking about on forums – posted by his wife

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