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Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck team up to open their first submarine sandwich shop in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Originally called Petes Super Submarines, they sell 312 sandwiches the first day. The average cost of a sub was between 49 cents and 69 cents.

Partners DeLuca and Buck form Doctors Associates Inc. The name is derived from Dr. Buck, who holds a Ph.D., and the fact that DeLuca hoped to earn enough money in the sandwich business to pay his college tuition and eventually become a medical doctor.

The SUBWAY name is used for the first time.

The first franchised SUBWAY sandwich shop opens in Wallingford, Connecticut.

The chains flagship sandwich, the classic BMT, is first introduced. It is named for the BrooklynManhattan Transit system, but later it is referred to as Biggest, Meatiest, Tastiest, in advertising campaigns. The first SUBWAY restaurant located outside of Connecticut opens in the state of Massachusetts.

The first SUBWAY restaurant in Florida opens in Ft. Lauderdale. The Training Department is established at SUBWAY headquarters in Milford, Connecticut.

The Snak sub sandwich is introduced. The name is later changed to the 6-inch.

The first SUBWAY location on the West Coast opens in Fresno, California

The SUBWAY chain introduces its New York City transit-system-themed mural as a dcor item in a restaurant in Ithaca, New York.

SUBWAY restaurant number 200 opens in Renton, Washington.

The SUBWAY chain opens its 300th location.

SUBWAY restaurants begin introduction of freshly baked bread at U.S. locations. The SUBWAY chain is ranked number one in the sub sandwich category for the first time byEntrepreneur magazine.

Party Platters and the SUBWAY Club sandwich are introduced. The 400th Subway restaurant in the United States opens in Dallas. The chain ventures into the international arena and opens a unit in the Middle Eastern nation of Bahrain.

Steak and Cheese and Wheat Bread are added to the menu. The SUBWAY restaurant chain celebrates the opening of the 500th unit, and the opening of the first restaurant in Puerto Rico.

Breakfast menu is introduced at SUBWAY restaurants at participating locations. The first SUBWAY restaurant in Canada opens in St. Johns, Newfoundland.

SUBWAY restaurants now number 1,000 locations with opening in Anderson, Indiana. The chain opens the first locations in the state of Hawaii and in the Bahamas.

Cold Cut Combo is introduced. The chains 2,000th location opens in Kaneohe, Hawaii. First Australian location opens in the city of Perth. Entrepreneur magazine lists the chain as the number one franchise opportunity for the first time in their annual Franchise 500 rankings.

The 3,000th SUBWAY restaurant opens in North Muskegon, Michigan. The SUBWAY chain now present in all 50 U.S. states. First SUBWAY restaurant opens inside a grocery store. A SUBWAY restaurant has a cameo appearance in the Mel Gibson film, Lethal Weapon 2.

The SUBWAY restaurant chain reaches its goal of 5,000 restaurants with an opening in Texas. The first SUBWAY restaurant opens in Mexico.

The first SUBWAY kids meal is introduced, known as the Kids Pak. First SUBWAY restaurants open on a college campus and in an amusement park. First SUBWAY network TV commercial airs. SUBWAY products are featured in the motion picture Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

The SUBWAY chain participates in its first school lunch program. First Subway restaurants open in Japan and Saudi Arabia.

The first SUBWAY restaurant opens inside a convenience store. The SUBWAY brand is featured in scenes in the films The Coneheads and The Beverly Hillbillies.

Restaurants and Institutions magazine gives the SUBWAY restaurant chain the top ranking in their consumer choice survey for the sandwich category. SUBWAY restaurants open for business in Austria, Brazil, Iceland and Russia.

The chain celebrates its 30th anniversary with the opening of the 11,000th location. The SUBWAY chain becomes a supporter of the Produce for Better Health Foundations National 5-A-Day program. SUBWAY chain begins first motorsports sponsorship with an Indy race car. SUBWAY restaurants open in China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Honduras, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan. The SUBWAY brand is featured in scenes in the movie Ace Ventura--When Nature Calls and on TV in the animated series, The Simpsons.

The SUBWAY restaurant chain opens its 300th international location. SUBWAY shops arrive in Colombia, Denmark, Guatemala, Kuwait, Martinique, Nicaragua, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela. The motion picture, Happy Gilmore features numerous scenes at a SUBWAY restaurant.

SUBWAY chain introduces the 7 under 6 menu, featuring seven sandwiches with 6 grams of fat or less. SUBWAY restaurants open in Bolivia, Lebanon, Malaysia, and Panama.

The chain opens its first restaurants in Italy, Norway, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. Convenience Store News reports the SUBWAY chain is the most preferred fast-food partner among convenience store executives.

The 14,000th SUBWAY restaurant opens. For the first time ever, SUBWAY commercials appear on network television in the U.S., every week of the year. The first SUBWAY restaurants open in Germany, Qatar, Sweden and Zambia. The SUBWAY float entered in Tournament of Roses parade wins the Governors Trophy for the first time.

Mens Health magazine reports the story of Jared Fogle, a young man who lost 245 lbs. by eating SUBWAY sandwiches for a year. He eventually becomes an icon for the brand and appears in a long running series of television commercials. SUBWAY restaurants open in Finland, Netherlands, Poland and Tanzania. Fred DeLucas book Start Small Finish Big--Fifteen Key Lessons to Start--And Run-Your Own Successful Business is published by Warner Books. The SUBWAY chain makes the biggest changes to its menu to date by introducing a line of sandwiches featuring four gourmet sauces and seasoned breads. The SUBWAY brand is featured in the film, Saving Silverman, which stars actor and former SUBWAY Sandwich Artist, Jason Biggs.

The chain reaches 15,000 restaurants worldwide. Cucumbers are added to the SUBWAY menu. The first restaurant opens in Croatia, France, India and Oman. The SUBWAY chain is the winner of the gold award for the sandwich category in the Restaurants and InstitutionsChoice in Chains Award and receives the MenuMasters Award for best menu/line extension from Nations Restaurant News. The SUBWAY brand is mentioned on TV shows such as Friends, Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show and The Late Show with David Letterman.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the SUBWAY chain has surpassed the number of open and operating McDonalds restaurants in the U.S. SUBWAY restaurants reach the milestone of 16,000 locations worldwide. That record is broken several months later when the chain opens its 17,000th location. The SUBWAY chain opens its first restaurants in Belgium and Bulgaria. The SUBWAY chain becomes the national sponsor of American Heart Associations American Heart Walks. The SUBWAY chains Tuscany Dcor is rolled out marking the first complete interior and exterior revamp the chain has ever undertaken.

The 20,000th SUBWAY restaurant opens. Research firm, Sandelman & Associates Quick Track National Study rates SUBWAY highest among national fast food chains and the leading chain based on the availability of healthy/nutritious food. The SUBWAY chain wins Silver Skillet awards from Restaurant Business magazine. First SUBWAY restaurants open in the Czech Republic and Luxembourg.

The 22,000th SUBWAY restaurant opens. A SUBWAY restaurant opens inside the True Bethel Baptist Church in Buffalo, NY, where the pastor, who is the franchisee, uses the restaurant to teach job skills to area residents who are in need of a helping hand. SUBWAY restaurants open for the first time in St. Kitts, St. Martin, Hungary, Grenada, and Chile. The SUBWAY chain launches its FRESH Steps childhood obesity initiative.

The 24,000th SUBWAY restaurant opens. Toasted subs are introduced. The SUBWAY chain is named Best Franchise in North America by Global Finance magazine and takes two first place spots in QSR magazines inaugural Best of Awards, being recognized for Best Use of Space for its nontraditional location strategy and Best Grassroots Giving for the on-going efforts of franchisees to give back to their communities. A SUBWAY restaurant opens at the South Carolina regional headquarters of Goodwill Industries. The restaurant is part of a program dedicated to helping people with barriers to employment learn the skills needed to better provide for themselves and their families. SUBWAY restaurants open for the first time in Anguilla and Antigua.

The 26,000th SUBWAY restaurant opens. The SUBWAY chain sponsors Little League Baseball World Series, held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The 28,000th SUBWAY restaurant opens. The SUBWAY chain launches its Fresh Fit and Fresh Fit for Kids meals. The first SUBWAY Eco-Restaurant opens in Kissimmee, Florida to incorporate more environmentally responsible operations and to introduce the chains Eat Fresh, Live Green initiative.

The 30,000th SUBWAY restaurant opens. The SUBWAY introduces its long running $5 Dollar Footlong promotion.

The 32,000th SUBWAY restaurant opens. SUBWAY opens first restaurants in Macau and Slovakia.

The 33,000th SUBWAY restaurant opens. 25,000 SUBWAY restaurants throughout the U.S. and Canada introduce the brands new national breakfast offerings, which include a variety of omelet sandwiches made with the customers choice of egg whites or whole eggs. The SUBWAY brand is featured in the hit TV show, Undercover Boss. Jared, the Subway Guy runs the New York City marathon. Unique SUBWAY restaurants opening include one on a riverboat in Germany and at the 1 World Trade Center construction site in New York City. The restaurant, which is only accessible to construction workers

and those with official business on the site, is housed on a crane that rises as each floor of the building is completed.

With more locations than any other restaurant chain worldwide, the 35,000th SUBWAY restaurant opens, including the 8000th non-traditional SUBWAY restaurant. The chain received the first ever A in the Eat This, Not That! Restaurant Report Card, as well as top honors from Zagat. Five more Eco Restaurants open, bringing the total up to 14, with other locations incorporating eco elements.

Lots of people are talking about SUBWAY, as the brand receives recognition as the Most Loved Fast Food Chain in the US by YouGovs BrandIndex Buzz Rankings. In June, SUBWAY restaurants is the first quick service restaurant to receive the American Heart Associations Heart Check Certification on a number of menu items and meals. SUBWAY restaurants are now open in 100 countries, with the first restaurants opened in Romania and Suriname, and the first all vegetarian SUBWAY restaurants open in India. SUBWAY restaurants sets the Guinness World Record for Most People Making Sandwiches Simultaneously at the Times Center in New York City. The highest security SUBWAY restaurant in the Pentagon is featured on Destination Americas Fast Food Mania television show, as part of the nations most unique fast food locations.