Subway Sandwiches History
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The sandwich perhaps is one of the most popular foods across the world. The sandwich per se is said to have originated in somewhere around the late nineteenth century when Italian American communities in Maine produced the classic Italian sandwich. While some names like submarine sandwich, hero and hoagie are popular, there are some lesser known names like blimpie, grinder, tunnel, rocket and even a Zeppelin that are used to denote sandwiches in various parts of the world. One of the most well known companies and often used to denote a sandwich itself is that of Subway.
History of the Subway Sandwiches
Subway was founded in 1965 by a very young man called Fred DeLuca who was just 18 years when he worked on the idea of opening a sandwich shop. The legend is that one of their family friends, Dr. Peter Buck PhD, asked DeLuca to consider opening a sandwich shop to help pay for his dream of a college education. With the princely amount of $1,000 and the idea of opening a submarine sandwich shop, DeLuca established the first shop in 1965 in Connecticut. The year 1966 saw the founding of Doctor’s Associates, the company founded by both the men and owners of Subway.
At the beginning, the shop was called Pete’s Super Submarines and it was only in a year or so later that the name Subway came to be. The 3rd sandwich shop was called Subway and made $7,000 as profits in its very first year of operation. By the year 1974, Subway had opened shop in 16 places in Connecticut. The complexity of managing so many chains led the duo to develop the franchise model and Brian Dixon became the very first franchisee of the Subway shop when he set up his eating joint in New Haven.
The History of the Subway in Terms of Its Products
The sandwich itself has many forms and variants in a typical Subway but the BMT is known as the franchise sandwich for Subway. BMT stands for Brooklyn- Manhattan Transit system and in 1975 also became associated with Biggest Meatiest and Tastiest sandwich. In 1977, smaller sandwiches made their way into the menu and these were called the Snak sandwich and today are known as the 6 inch Subs. 1980 saw the addition of salads to the menu.
Shortly thereafter the Subway went international with its first shop coming up in Bahrain.
Today, the Subway chain has over 33,000 franchisees all throughout the world, and makes upwards of $14 billion per annum.
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