Subway signs new franchise deal with MRH Retail

Forecourt operator MRH Retail to open 30 new Subway stores by end of 2015 under new franchise deal

Subway signs new franchise deal with MRH Retail

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There are a few undeniable certainties in this world. Just as day follows night and the taxman will help himself to a large chunk of your wages, Subway will look to expand its successful franchise model into new locations.”

The global sandwich giant’s latest deal has been struck with MRH Retail, the forecourt operator, with ten more stores set to open their doors this year following MRH’s recent Subway openings in Glasgow and North Lanarkshire. Boasting 370 forecourt sites throughout the UK, MRH undoubtedly has what it takes to meet its target of 30 new Subway stores by the end of 2015.”

John Lynn, managing director of MRH, explained that the Subway business model suits the forecourt environment, thus making the deal something of a no-brainer. “MRH Retail is constantly striving to improve its consumer offerings. We are keen to develop this partnership and look forward to opening further outlets in the coming years.”

MRH, which owns Texaco, BP, Esso and Jet outlets, signed the deal in order to increase the number of quick service restaurants operating at its service stations.

“We are delighted to have a development plan in place with MRH Retail,” said Mike Charest, assistant regional director for Subway Europe.

“Forecourts are an ideal site for our non-traditional stores. Due to their simple operations, minimal space and equipment requirements our stores are well suited to these sorts of sites. The Subway brand is keen to develop such locations in partnership with successful companies just like MRH Retail.””

With MRH already having a deal in place with Costa Coffee, it looks like our motorway lunch options are set to improve substantially over the next year or two.”

James Dyble
James Dyble