How To Open A Subway Franchise

We’ll show you how to open up a Subway franchise, including
the costs, how to apply and answers to your burning questions.


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How Does a Subway Franchise Work?

Your Subway franchise might have our name above the door but it’s yours to run, grow and profit from.

After an initial capital investment, we give you the keys to the store.

Not to mention the full backing of our global brand, including training, marketing, technology, advice and support. So, are you ready to buy a Subway franchise?

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How Much Does a Subway Franchise Cost?

There are a number of resales opportunities available across the UK. Each comes with its own specific cost factors like location, size and build out requirements.

But if you’re interested in a Subway franchise to buy, expect to budget for an initial franchise fee and ongoing percentage fees on your net turnover and advertising spend.

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How To Apply For a Subway Franchise

It’s simple to apply for a Subway franchise. Just fill out our online questionnaire, chat to our Subway Franchise team, submit your proposal and Business Plan, then select a location.

We’ll check your financials and if you’re successful, you’ll be awarded your very own Subway franchise. Then all you have to do is sign on the dotted line!

Frequently Asked Questions

Buying a food franchise – or Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) as we call them these days – is an exciting opportunity and partnering with one of the world’s largest restaurant brands definitely comes with its advantages.

Some of the many benefits of owning a Subway franchise include a unique brand position, lower capex and higher ROI, modern stores and opportunities to scale and grow. It also helps that our food tastes fantastic!

Check out our Why Subway page for more reasons to come on board.

We’ve condensed the application process for becoming a Subway franchise owner into a few simple steps to help you get started. First, read up on all the useful information we’ve created on this site before completing the online questionnaire as accurately as possible.

Then, an experienced member of the Subway Franchise team will be in touch to get to know you better before you submit your application and Business Plan.

After that, you’ll work with our site team to identify potential locations and it’s at this stage you’ll need to provide your funding proposal.

If your application is successful, you’ll then sign the paperwork, build out your restaurant and undergo training before you open your Subway franchise to your guests.

If you’re looking for Subway franchises to buy, you have two options: you can either acquire an existing Subway location as part of an approved transfer or, if you can’t find a location to suit, you can build your own under our expert guidance.

Either way, you’ll need to pass our due diligence procedures and have the necessary capital to invest in your Subway franchise. Contact us today and we’ll be happy to explain how to buy a Subway franchise.

It’s one thing knowing how to open a Subway store, but it’s quite another having what it takes. Firstly, you’ll need a certain amount of capital to buy a Subway franchise. But more than that, you’ll need excellent business acumen, exceptional organisational skills, drive, ambition, a collaborative mindset, great communication and a will to succeed.

If that sounds like you, and you’re raring to go, we’d love to help you get started.

The time it takes to open a Subway franchise can vary. It depends on whether you buy a Subway franchise that’s already set up or would prefer to build out a new location.

Undertaking an approved purchase of an existing Subway restaurant could take a matter of months, while a build out can be between six and 12 months. Just know that our Subway Franchise team is here to make the whole process go as quickly and smoothly as possible.

All new Subway franchise partners take part in a three-week franchise partner training programme. Two weeks of which are completed as intensive training in a regional, certified training restaurant. During the opening, a consultant will accompany you for one week and also support the induction of your new employees.

In addition, our training centre in London offers the operations lead a deep-dive into running your Subway. Plus, all employees at your Subway franchise will have access to our comprehensive e-learning system: the University of SUBWAY. There, they’ll find all the Subway resources they need, so you can easily track your team’s training.

Our team will work with you to identify possible locations. Today, more than ever, the focus in the choice of location is on TOP locations (traffic) that offer frequency, accessibility, and visibility of the brand.

We would be happy to discuss which other qualities are important in our areas and what potential we see in specific regions. We also have a Subway market mapping tool which applies science to complement local market knowledge.

Absolutely! Subway is always on the lookout for new locations and, thanks to our flexible and innovative system, there are virtually no limits to the scope and scale of sites we can build out with our Fresh Forward designs.

So whether you have a prime high street location or a more non-traditional location – like an airport, university campus, healthcare facility, convenience store, leisure facility or business location – we’d love to hear from you.

Yes! We warmly invite applications from business partnerships. In fact, many of our most successful Subway franchises have been launched by entrepreneurial partnerships.

A Subway franchise agreement has a term of 20 years. So you’ll have plenty of years ahead of you to grow your Subway franchise into a thriving success – and we’ll be by your side every step of the way to support you.

Absolutely! We hope you’ll remain a happy and fulfilled member of the Subway family for many years to come. But when the time eventually comes to move on, you have every right to sell your Subway franchise.

The purchase price will be entirely for you and your buyer to agree upon. Subway has no influence over such matters, though we will need to approve the transfer.

If you would like to open a Subway franchise overseas, we can put you in touch with the relevant Subway Franchise team for that country or territory. Simply get in touch and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Believe it or not, Subway has been franchising since 1974 – a mere nine years after our founders, Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck launched the business with $1,000 and a whole lot of ambition.

Over the next half a century, our incredible franchise network has gone from strength to strength. To the point where you will be joining the ranks of more than 20,000 entrepreneurs operating out of more than 37,000 restaurants in over 100 countries.

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