Subway said it has introduced “new operational and social distancing safety measures… to ensure the continued protection of guests, third party delivery and supplier drivers, Sandwich Artists™ and the wider communities in which they serve”.
It added: “The measures include new directional signage to support social distancing, enhanced hygiene practices and the supply of PPE to protect Sandwich Artists™, guests and delivery drivers. Stores will also open with a reduced menu, operating with a selected menu of favourites, with the full menu being introduced as and when we can.
“These procedures will ensure our franchise owners are able to operate and trade responsibly and have been tested in a small number of stores that have remained open to support and serve key workers and hospital staff.”
Country Director, Subway UK & Ireland Colin Hughes said that workers and suppliers had shown “great resilience” in adapting to the disruption posed by the coronavirus. He said that Subway is “extremely grateful” for the support as it continues its next phase of reopening.
He said the new operating framework will protect customers, workers, suppliers, and delivery drivers and the franchise would continue to support communities during the virus outbreak.
Subway has opened a new 32-seater store on the Frenchay Campus of the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol (right), offering students, lecturers and visitors its menu of subs, wraps and salads, all freshly prepared and customised to suit the preference of its customers.
The company now has more than 25 stores open in non-traditional locations in universities and colleges across the UK and Ireland. Subway said that UWE had sought a high street brand that would appeal to its students, while keeping them on-site and providing a relaxed atmosphere for them to purchase food that they were accustomed to before joining the university.
Opening the new store has created six jobs for the local community and students, two of which are term-time only, with a range of shifts created to allow students to work alongside their studies.
Colin Hughes, country director for Subway UK and Ireland, commented: “We are delighted to see the opening of a Subway store at UWE Bristol. As a company, we’re committed to serving nutritious food options that offer variety and value, which we know are very important factors to students.
“Students, lecturers and visitors to the university will now be able to enjoy our ever-evolving menu, such as our 21 new and improved ingredients, which includes gluten free bread and our new flavour station offering wide-ranging choice and delicious food options throughout the day.”
UWE explained that following feedback from a student survey it realised that improving its food offering to students was key to giving them a great experience on campus.
Kristian Fernandez-Mitchell, business improvement manager at UWE, said: “We wanted to create a destination and high street brands appeared to be key. Ultimately, big brands are what students want and with Subway being in the top three for student choice, it was evident that Subway was a winning choice for students here at UWE.”
Now customers can enjoy new features such as digital menu boards, special displays for cookies, bread baked in store daily and freshly cut vegetables.
To celebrate the re-opening, Subway franchise owner Anthony Deegan revealed that he will run a grand re-opening sale on Saturday, November 23 where all customers can buy a large drink for £1.60 and get a free six-inch Sub.
Anthony told the Globe: “We are delighted with the store and to be the first in the area to feature the new look design which offers customers more of what they love about Subway – highlighting our bread baked daily in store, cookies and our fresh veggies.
“We hope to see lots of our customers this week with people taking advantage of our fantastic grand opening sale offer next Saturday.”
The site, which is next to a Travelodge and close to a retail park, is Subway’s sixth drive-through in the UK and Ireland. The others are in the northern towns of Rochdale, Salford, Wakefield and Guisborough, as well as Belfast in Northern Ireland.
The store is owned by Sue and Steve Pasco, who currently operate 15 other franchise stores in Bristol and the surrounding area. The couple are also development agents for Subway and offer support to other franchise owners on areas such as site selection and operations.
Sue Pasco said she was “delighted to have opened our first drive-through store”, adding that the next-door Travelodge opened up another customer base for the store.
Drive-through sites have been of growing interest to baked goods retailers, with Greggs and Tim Hortons among those operating them. Last January, Scottish business Stephens opened what it claimed was the first independent bakery drive-through.
Subway currently has 2,500 stores in the UK and Ireland and more than 43,000 worldwide across 110 countries.
If you just can’t resist the lure of a freshly made sandwich, packs with your favourite fillings, sauces and pickles, here are two exciting chances to buy your very own Subway franchise in a Devon seaside resort.
Available as a going concern business, Subway in Ilfracombe is in a prominent trading location on the High Street.
The double-fronted shop unit is available with the current Subway fit out as well as trade inventory to start taking money the first day a new owner takes over.
The store offers table and chair seating for about 20 covers while also having the Subway fit-out servery counter and rear preparation areas, including a walk-in chiller.
The last couple of years have provided turnovers of between £180,000 and £200,000 with an annual rent of £9,000 per annum as well as the property being eligible for small business rates relief.
It is thought the business is ideal for an owner occupier or partnership to operate the business and reduce the requirement for high staffing costs.
Having such a franchise offers the best of both worlds – you could have an established business in which you are your own boss while also having the backup, help and marketing from an international company.
The business is available with a quoting premium of £44,950 which includes the goodwill of the business and a trade inventory of fixtures, fittings and equipment.
Further details can be obtained from JD Commercial who can be contacted on 01237 424053.
If you would prefer to sell delicious sandwiches in South Devon, a Subway franchise in the seaside town of Teignmouth has just gone on sale.
Award winning licence and leisure commercial agents Bettesworths is delighted to be marketing the well-located unit which is available fully-equipped.
With spacious internal seating for 22 and external seating for 16, Subway Teignmouth has built a solid customer base with opening hours of 8am to 6pm, seven days a week. However, these hours could be extended should the next operator choose to.
This valuable franchise agreement is fully supported by Subway who, for a percentage of the weekly turnover, provides all the national and international advertising. An elected board also negotiates on your behalf with suppliers to agree the best possible prices.
Prospective franchisees will have to be approved by The Reginal Business Development Agent. Any potential buyer will be required to go through the process of passing the Wonderlic test, UoS courses, 40 hours of in-store training before attending and passing franchisee training.
This ground floor lock-up unit is available via assignment of the current sub lease with circa four years left to run. The rent is £25,000 per annum and the tenant has repairing and insuring obligations.
Subway Franchise UK – Another day, another vegan product launch from a major food chain you never thought would hop on board the increasingly jam-packed veganism train.
We know from Greggs’ infamous – and hugely popular – sausage roll just how much of a stir plant-based products can cause (see Piers Morgan nearly vomitingon live TV after tasting one).
Now, the latest unsuspecting chain to appease the ever-expanding vegan community is Subway, which is launching its first vegan Sub that contains a patty made with red pepper, chilli, garlic and red onion.
The global sandwich franchise will serve its new vegan six-inch sub nationwide from Wednesday 17 April and prices start at £3.80.
Customers can either choose to consume the patty as a sandwich inside a bread of their choice – the chain’s Italian and the Hearty Italian breads are both vegan – or they can add it to a salad.
The vegan sub will also be served with a newly-created garlic aioli, which is also plant-based.
As for nutritional info, the new six-inch vegan sub contains 371 calories per serving. When the patty is consumed in a salad, the meal comes in at 204 calories.
News of Subway’s vegan offering follows the recent launches of plant-based dishes as other major chains such as Pret a Manger and LEON in addition to a whole host of vegan offerings that are now stocked at supermarkets including Tesco, Waitrose and M&S.