Milford, Conn. — The Subway restaurant chain announced that a franchisee in Toledo, Ohio, has opened the brand's 8,000th non-traditional location— in a two million-sq.-ft. automobile assembly facility that produces Jeep and Chrysler vehicles.
“They closed the cafeteria because of downsizing, but still needed a way to provide food options,” said Marc Hall, a former supermarket chain executive, and franchisee since 1989 who owns and operates ten Subway restaurants. “So, we got together and started talking and developed a pre-ordering system that could feed up to two thousand people in ten minutes.”
Other notable non-traditional Subway locations include the True Bethel Baptist Church, Buffalo, NY, where the pastor is the franchisee and uses the store to teach job skills to area residents who are in need of a helping hand; a new car showroom in California; and a high school in Detroit, in which students run the restaurant as part of a business class curriculum and can qualify for college credits by talking online University of Subway training and job development courses.
"Because of the Subway concept's flexible floor plans, minimal space and equipment requirements and popular menu offerings, Subway restaurants are uniquely suited for these special sites, which are an integral part of our overall growth and on-going development strategy, and have been a large contributor to our record breaking 137 months of consecutive positive growth." said Don Fertman, chief development officer, Subway,
One of the more unique locations is the Subway restaurant at the construction site of 1 World Trade Center, in New York City, where the restaurant is hoisted up to the next level as each floor of the 105 –story building is completed.