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Subway chain to serve up 1,800 jobs

FAST food giant Subway is set to create 1,800 new jobs across the country as part of a six-year expansion plan.

The jobs will be created across dozens of new stores, bringing the US brand's total number of Irish outlets up from 117 to almost 300.

Some 40 of the new branches are set to be opened this year alone, and could lead to the creation of up to 400 jobs, representing an investment of almost €5m.

More new stores will be rolled out between now and the year 2020, and will include branches in universities, petrol stations, newsagents, hospitals and airports.

The announcement follows the launch of 16 new stores here in 2013.

Last year also saw the introduction of a number of partnerships, including one with fuel provider Applegreen, which saw a number of Subway stores opening at the company's petrol stations.

The expansion will grow Subway's presence in Ireland even further, which together with the UK is the company's largest market outside of North America. It is estimated that Subway already employs 361 part-time and 809 full-time equivalent staff.

Subway said that according to independent research, the company makes a "tangible contribution" to the Irish economy.

They said that taking into account the supply chain and employment, the brand brings €37.4m to the Irish economy every year.

Subway said the expansion is in response to growing consumer demand for "affordable, healthier choices".

FRANCHISE

The sandwich brand is operated on a franchise basis in Ireland, which means all stores are owned by local business people.

A spokesperson for Subway described the franchise owners as, "a strong team of independent entrepreneurs working collectively to grow our business by providing excellent food, service and value".

They said that in the last year, the brand used more than 400,000 beef patties produced in Ireland.

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