At least five new Subway restaurants will open in Hawaii this year, creating anywhere from 50 to 100 new jobs.
It’s part of the Milford, Conn.-based chain’s plans to add 2,500 new stores and 25,000 full- and part-time jobs in 2012, including 1,100 locations in the United States and Canada.
Subway currently has 116 outlets in Hawaii, according to Ted Davenport, whose company, Subway Hawaii, holds the master franchise for the brand.
A new Subway will open next week in Whaler’s Village in the Kaanapali Resort on Maui, followed by two on Kauai, in Hanalei and Poipu, and two more on the Big Island, Davenport told PBN.
Three more stores are in the development stage for Oahu, he said.
Each Subway store in Hawaii hires between 10 and 20 full- and part-time employees, so that means anywhere from 80 to 160 new jobs. In 2011, The Subway chain opened 2,400 stores worldwide — the brand is in 98 countries — and created about 24,000 new jobs, the company said in a statement.
Last year, Subway surpassed McDonald’s in the total number of stores worldwide.
“Although we have become the world’s largest restaurant chain this past year, it’s more about the opportunities than the numbers,” Chief Development Officer Don Fertman said in a statement. “With each new Subway restaurant that opens, there is an entrepreneur that wants to own and operate his own small business and provide great food, exceptional customer service and job opportunities in his or her community.”