First SUBWAY(R) Store in the DC Area Opened 30 Years Ago
MCLEAN, Va., July 23 // PRNewswire // -- The Subway Development Corporation of Washington (SDC) and its CEO, Larry Feldman, have opened the doors of their landmark 1,000th SUBWAY(R) restaurant franchise.
Located in the food court of the Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Robert C. Weaver Building on 7th Street SW in Washington DC, the region's 1,000th store is operated by multi-unit franchisee, Amer El-Ghalayini, the owner of three other area SUBWAY(R) restaurants.
The new restaurant demonstrates that selling freshly made submarine sandwiches is a robustly healthy business. In fact, development is accelerating at SDC -- the SUBWAY(R) chain's single largest development office in the world.
In all, more than 10,000 people are employed by the SUBWAY(R) restaurants in Larry Feldman's SDC territory, whose mid-Atlantic footprint covers the District of Columbia, Delaware, Virginia and most of Maryland.
Little did Larry Feldman realize in 1977, when he opened his first sandwich shop in a storefront across from the House of Representatives Office Building in DC, that he was playing an integral part in launching the SUBWAY(R) phenomenon nationwide.
At the time, Feldman held the distinguished position of Assistant General Counsel to the House Banking and Currency Committee, and knew very little about the restaurant business; however, he did recognize the potential of the small sandwich chain that he often visited with his fraternity brothers while attending college in Connecticut.
"I always was a frustrated entrepreneur. While I often wondered, during my government career, about opportunities in the private sector, I could not possibly have dreamed that one shop would grow to become one thousand," says Feldman.
Fifteen year SUBWAY(R) franchisee, Amer El-Ghalayini, is thrilled that his restaurant has helped SDC reach and surpass its 1,000-store milestone. "It's actually a great success story for the DC area and the Development Office," he says. "Their success has been mine as well - it feels good!"
"You can't create success in a vacuum. Many people, such as Alan Warmund, who serves as President of SDC, and has been with me for the last 29 years helping to build the company, have worked tirelessly to contribute to our fantastic numbers," says Feldman. "When I look to the future, I'm especially excited to see the children of Subway franchisees coming into the business. This next generation of highly educated entrepreneurs will bring a fresh perspective, so that we will continue to be the best in the quick service restaurant industry."
SDC supports its franchises with site selection, restaurant design, layout and construction assistance, financing, opening assistance, quality assurance, and ongoing operational support. The company also has an elected advisory board of franchisees who assist in advertising placement, product selection, and policy implementation.
SDC headquarters is located at 7601 Lewinsville Road, Suite 310, McLean VA 22102, and can be contacted at (703) 790-1010 or by fax at (703) 790-1119.
To find out more about the Subway Development Corporation of Washington, visit http://www.subwaydcw.com.
The SUBWAY(R) restaurant chain is the world's largest submarine sandwich franchise, with more than 29,000 locations in 87 countries. The SUBWAY(R) chain has surpassed McDonald's(R) number of locations throughout the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Headquartered in Milford, Connecticut, and with regional offices in Amsterdam, Beirut, Brisbane, Miami, and Singapore, the SUBWAY(R) restaurant chain was co-founded by Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck in 1965. Their partnership marked the beginning of a remarkable journey - one that makes it possible for thousands of individuals to build and succeed in their own business.
The SUBWAY(R) brand has been ranked the number one global franchise opportunity in Entrepreneur magazine's 2008 "Annual Franchise 500(R)" listing.
For more information about the SUBWAY(R) chain, visit SUBWAY(R) Public Relations (http://www.subway.com) .
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