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Subway Replace McDonald’s as The Biggest Fast Food Chain?

October 6th, 2009 · 14 Comments ·


Was just told by a friend that Subway restaurants have now overtaken the number of McDonald’s outlets in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Isn’t true?

After doing a quick check, it look as if my friend is telling truth. This is a trend that is expected to continue throughout the European continent over the coming years. Subway is even being recognized as the fastest growing franchise in the world. Subway currently has about 31,814 outlets whereas McDonald’s has about 31,000 (but the data is 2.5 years old).  Subway is very aggressive, don’t you think so? It has opened over 2,000 outlets in year 2005 alone.

Back here close to my home, as of Oct 2009, a total of 35 Subway in Malaysia, 76 in Singapore and 27 in Thailand. In year 2007, the numbers of outlets were only 14 in Malaysia, 37 in Singapore and 20 in Thailand.

In August 2009, Mcdonald’s has 185 outlets in Malaysia and 91 outlets in Singapore.

Within the next 4 to 5 years, will Subway become the new face of fast food, replacing big M?

We just have to wait and see.



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  • nadhirah // Oct 6, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    maybe it will be in Malaysia…. even here in Bukit Bintang, McDOnalds is lesser than Subway…( as far as i’m know)

    Subway has 4- Jalan Bukit Bintang, Pavillion, Sg WAng, BErjaya Times Square
    McDonalds has only 3 – Sg WAng, BErjaya Times Square, Jalan Bukit Bintang

  • Angie Tan // Oct 6, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Cool… I prefer Subway to McD any time. ;-)

    Just wished that they sell more non-carbonated drinks…

  • Spawn // Oct 6, 2009 at 6:51 PM

    Yeah, though subway is not all that great too. Their bread is pretty much same kind of crap you can guy in MCD.

  • foongpc // Oct 6, 2009 at 9:19 PM

    That’ll be great! I think Subway is much healthier than McD anyway, so yes that’ll be good news!

    Only problem is I think Old Town White Coffee might overtake McD too at least in Malaysia judging by how rapid they are expanding in the number of outlets!

  • sue // Oct 6, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    Subways doesn’t care if their franchisee are profitable, McDonald’s does. Startup costs are much lower with a Subway, I believe it’s around $25,000 whereas with McDonalds it starts at a million, many McDonald’s owners are required to own the land not just rent.

    Subways allows stores to open within 1 block of each other in NYC because they just want to collect the fees. Seems like a bubble waiting to burst. I don’t know that many people that eat Subway consistently, but I know lots of little kids that can’t live without McDonald’s.

  • boldtrends // Oct 7, 2009 at 6:43 AM

    Give me some Subway anytime, anyday, anywhere. At least you can say with a straight face that it healthy…or is it?

  • eksk // Oct 7, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    don’t think subway will overtake Mcd in Malaysia.. Its simple economics.. the average joe will choose McD which is 1/2 the price of a Subway.

  • KL // Oct 7, 2009 at 11:29 PM

    But the average Joe now is more health-conscious than he is 5 years back.

  • Khengsiong // Oct 8, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Subway is the biggest fast food chain – in term of outlets? What about in term of sales?

    The Subway outlet in KLCC food court opens from 10am to 10pm. The McD restaurant near my home opens 24 hours a day. Go figure out.

    This morning I had my breakfast in McD before going to work. Subway won’t be open in time for my breakfast.

    Just in case Malaysians become more health-conscious, McD can introduce salad any time. It has already served salad in the U.S. In India, McD serves veggie burger.

  • Khengsiong // Oct 8, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Oh… Foongpc mentioned about Old Town White Coffee. The one near my university opens at 9am. Still too late for my breakfast.

  • Spawn // Oct 8, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    We have that kind of problem in Poland as well. There are few MCDs open 24h, a lot is open from around 6am to 12pm. I doubt theres any Subway at all, which is open eariler that 10am.

  • Jason // Oct 10, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    its a surprise subway do better than mcd is unbelievable… i can hardly see any subway outside of kl area.

  • Marcia // Oct 17, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    just because its not a burger does not mean it is healthy!

  • hairul // Oct 21, 2009 at 6:52 AM

    i tend to agree with eksk.. in malaysia – price is still a determining factor.. and that’s the main reason I don’t frequent subway.. their price is on the high-side..

    McD malaysia also.. want to try to jack up their price… ! but to no-success .. that’s why they always – back to their promo price. having said that – be-careful when eating at McD – always check your receipt.. they always overcharge (purposely..)

    pssst.. do you still boycott McD? and most other main financier /donor to Israel? I do.. and still do.. remember gaza.. where those financial support for the bombs dropped in Gaza come from? it’s from all these company lah..!

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