Sandwich chain Subway today announced that it anticipates its expansion plans in the UK and Ireland will create 5,000 new jobs in the next three years.
Having announced the opening of its 2,500th store in the region, the company unveiled plans to take the total number up to 3,000.
The anticipated growth in the number of jobs would take the total generated by Subway up to 24,000 full and part time workers in the UK and Ireland.
The boom in store numbers has been attributed by Subway to the increasing trend of consumers turning to the chain for healthy eating options.
Subway stores are owned and operated by a network of franchisees, and three in five are located on UK high streets.
The brand contributes 1.1 per cent of total new business activity in the food and beverage industry.
Peter Dowding, country director for UK and Ireland said: “Our fantastic growth is a testament to the hard work and effort of our franchisees. Our franchise model is tried and tested, it works for entrepreneurs and it works for us.”