MILFORD, Conn — Subway, one of the foodservice leaders in international expansion, has reached a milestone with news that its 200th location has opened in India.
The new unit, located in the city of Ahmedabad, was opened by Krunal Patel and Dipen Patel, long-standing multi-unit franchisees. “Congratulations should go out to the entire Subway team on our achievement in India. We’ve had our share of challenges in an environment where customers were not used to our products and suppliers were unfamiliar with our requirements,” said Robby Gulri, Subway franchisee, area development manager and development agent, who along with his brother, Bobby, brought the brand to India.
According a company press release, the versatility of store size, type of location and the fresh menu resonate with Indian diners and potential franchisees. “We worked closely with local chefs and regional suppliers to ensure a good balance of vegetarian and non-vegetarian items, along with many traditional Subway menu items, all specifically selected to appeal to the Indian palate,” explained Gulri.
Ten years after launching the brand in India, the latest store keeps the company on track to open 500 restaurants by 2015. Meanwhile, the Milford, Conn.-based franchise currently has 34,000 outlets in 97 countries and is marketed as the largest quick-service restaurant chain, in terms of number of locations, in the world.