Subway Will Soon Have More Stores Than McDonald's

But sandwich chain still lags behind McD's in sales
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2009 5:30 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Subway is nearing a milestone: the sandwich chain will soon have more global locations than McDonald’s, Ad Age reports. The chain is expanding so quickly that it's expected to have 31,800 stores by the end of the week. It's probably just a matter of months before it surpasses the 32,158 locations under the golden arches.

That’s in part because McDonald’s isn’t adding restaurants very quickly: the fast-food titan has been curbing expansion to focus on profitability. And it is that metric Subway will want to pay attention to next: the average US McDonald’s restaurant grosses $2.3 million a year—the average US Subway, $445,000.
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