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MILFORD, Conn. -- In 2009, convenience stores accounted for the largest segment of Subway's new non-traditional openings, bringing the chain's total number of restaurants in c-store settings to more than 3,700 locations around the world.
In total, the chain in 2009 opened 2,164 new locations in 49 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia, seven Canadian provinces and in 67 countries.
From the beginning of January through the end of December, Subway reached a few development milestones. Domestically, development increased with the chain reaching a milestone of 22,000 open and operating locations in the United States. Other U.S. milestones included: 1,700 locations in the state of Texas; 1,100 in Illinois and New York; 600 in Indiana; 500 in Washington; and 400 each in Arizona, Colorado and Louisiana.
In the non-traditional development category, Subway reported that it now has more than 7,200 locations in places such as airports, department stores, hospitals, and parks and recreational facilities.
In May, Subway also reached a record 31,000 locations worldwide. That record was later broken in November when the chain reached 32,000 stores. Store expansion climbed in international markets with 1,300 locations open in the United Kingdom; 700 in Germany; and 400 in Mexico where the number of Subway restaurants also surpassed the number of McDonald¹s restaurants operating in the country. 2009 also saw the opening of the first Subway restaurants in Macau and Slovakia, the company reported.
In Canada, the Subway chain reached a high of 2,400 locations from coast to coast, including 900 in the province of Ontario and 75 in Nova Scotia. Now at more than 32,000 locations in 90 countries, Subway said it is closer to becoming the world's single-largest restaurant brand in terms of number of outlets.
Also in 2009, the chain expanded its successful $5 footlong promotion by incorporating the value message into its permanent pricing structure. And in December, Subway was again named the No. 1 franchise opportunity, as well as the No. 1 global franchise opportunity for 2010 by Entrepreneur magazine in its annual Franchise 500 rankings. This is the 17th time in the past 23 years the chain has been recognized with the overall top honor.
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