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Subway expansion by the numbers

BY Marianne Wilson

Subway continues to expand at a blistering pace. Since January, the restaurant chain has opened more than 1,000 new locations around the world, and crossed the milestone of 33,000 locations. New stores accounted for approximately 1.4 million sq. ft. of filled commercial retail space, while the total international store count shot up to more than 9,700 restaurants.

Domestically, the United States saw the addition of 490 new franchises, boosting total counts to beyond 23,000. States with high development activity include California with 66 new openings; New York and Texas with 42 each; Pennsylvania 26; Illinois 23 and Florida 20.

Outside the United States, Subway added 60 units in Canada, and 25 new franchises in Australia. Brazil saw 77 openings, while 27 additional locations opened in France. Other milestones were achieved in Taiwan and Russia with 100 locations each.

Activity was also high in Mexico and the United Kingdom, each with 37 new stores; China had an increase of 21; India with 19; and Japan and the United Arab Emirates, each with 15 new store openings this year so far.

In the non-traditional development category, the chain now has more than 7,500 locations in places such as airports, department stores, hospitals and park & recreational facilities.

But the most non-traditional of Subway’s non-traditional location is multi-unit franchisee Richard Schragger’s temporary store in Manhattan. For the next two years, it will be located on top of a crane, rising along side the construction of One World Trade Center — also known as the Freedom Tower — providing meals for construction workers as the structure rises 108 stories. At 1,776 ft., the tower will be the tallest building in the United States and one of the tallest buildings in the world.

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Glamour to debut jewelry line exclusively on HSN

BY CSA STAFF

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.

HSN has announced a partnership with Glamour magazine to debut the Glamour Jewelry Collection on Aug. 18 exclusively on HSN. This marks Glamour‘s first venture into the accessories business.

“Reimagining what Glamour looks like in jewelry form has been a blast,” says Jen Weinberg, Glamour’s special projects editor. “We are thrilled to partner with HSN to develop a collection that offers the perfect finishing touches for any wardrobe.”

 

The Glamour Jewelry Collection will include items that each cost less than $100 and will offer four new products per year. Glamour‘s style editor Tracey Lomrantz will present it on air.

 

“We are excited to offer our customers an exclusive jewelry collection from Glamour that captures this season’s must-have trends and styles,” said John Bosco, SVP merchandising at HSN. “In working with one of today’s top fashion publications, we are confident this collection will appeal to HSN’s consumers and integrate seamlessly with our existing high-quality HSN jewelry pieces.”

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Sears Outlet opens 100th store

BY CSA STAFF

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Sears Holdings has opened its 100th Outlet store at 1321 East Golf Rd. in Schaumburg, Ill., in the former The Great Indoors location.

The outlet will feature some of the best names in appliances, tools, fitness equipment, mattress sets, lawn & garden, and more at discounts of up to 60% off, the company reported  The Schaumburg outlet will also carry Sears apparel at 60% to 80% off the retail price.

 

“Sears is the leading retailer for washers, dryers and refrigerators in the country,” said Jaime Brooks, VP and president Sears Outlet. “Our stores provide a great format for shoppers to buy nationally recognized brands that help improve home and family life at significantly reduced prices while still receiving the customer service, access to the same warranties and credit solutions offered at Sears’ full-line stores.”

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