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.”

16 Comments on "Subway Passes McDonald’s As Dominant Global Fast Food Empire"

  1. DeepCough | Mar 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm |

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

  2. DeepCough | Mar 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm |

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

    • 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)

  3. 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)

  4. 50,000 lbs! This is confirmed as: hysterical.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. Six-inch ham-steaks, we hope.

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

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

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