If you have ever dreamed about running your own sandwich empire by being in control of a chain of Subway shops then now could be your chance.
The fast-food chain is on the lookout for new franchisees to run around 75 new stores they wish to open across the region.
In ambitious plans bosses at Subway state they want to grow their portfolio of shops from 215 to 300 in the next five years, creating more than 750 jobs in the process.
At the moment all of the stores in the area are owned by franchisees – who employ 2,000 people.
To get started you’ll need money to invest in buying a restaurant, as well as one-off “franchise fees” which can cost tens of thousands of pounds.
Franchisees also need to be prepared to make a long-term commitment to running their fast-food outlet – with McDonald’s for example demanding a 20-year contract.
However, running a franchise can be a seriously lucrative venture, with one entrepreneur telling of how he went from earning £25 a week to becoming the biggest McDonald’s franchisee holder in the country.
The new Subway stores will be opening in Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria.
All development of Subway across these areas is overseen by regional development agent Neil Denny.
He said: “We have ambitious plans to grow in the region, so I am really keen to hear from local people who are looking to fulfil their dreams of owning their own businesses and becoming their own boss.
“We are the number one QSR brand in the world and offer an excellent opportunity for ambitious individuals keen to join a world-renowned brand with a tried and tested franchise model.
“Franchising is a safer route to business ownership, offering many of the advantages of independent start-ups, but with the added reassurance that the system really works and there is a robust support infrastructure in place.
“Many of our franchisees start out with little or no experience in the food industry, but all possess a strong work ethic, customer-service focus and a passion for Subway.
“All our new franchisees undergo extensive training and are provided with ongoing support and guidance by our experienced team. It’s testament to the success of our franchise model that over 70% of new stores are opened by existing franchisees.”
Neil said: “We believe there is still room to grow. To succeed we need the right people, with the right blend of leadership, team work, customer service and ambition to become new franchisees and help us deliver our growth target.”
Neil added: “The new store decor provides franchisees with a new opportunity to open a modern and customer-focused store. I’m excited about working with even more local entrepreneurs to open more stores throughout the region.”
Across the UK and Ireland, Subway has plans to increase the number of stores to 3,000 by 2020, creating around 5,000 new jobs.
Source: Liverpool Echo