MILFORD, Conn., Aug. 15 // PRNewswire // --The SUBWAY restaurant chain, the world's largest submarine sandwich franchise, is proud to announce that it has named Lyudmila Khononov of Brooklyn, NY, as the recipient of its 2008 Franchisee of the Year award for multi-unit owners from the chain's North American markets, during the company's recent convention in Las Vegas.
As a SUBWAY Franchisee of the Year, Khononov is honored for her accomplishments in adding stores, building sales and increasing profitability while also achieving excellent store evaluations. She was selected from among the chain's more than 12,200 franchisees from across the U.S. and Canada.
"Emigrating from the former Soviet Union, where opportunities were limited, I came to this country with the drive and motivation to succeed and was ready to face the obstacles and hurdles that came along with running my own business. Being named Franchisee of the Year is an honor, especially when considering the number of excellent candidates that were also considered," says Khononov. "I share this honor with my store managers, who help me make sure that all aspects of the business are in order, including store cleanliness, customer service and ultimately improved sales."
Khononov first became a SUBWAY franchisee in 2001. She presently owns and operates four locations in Brooklyn, has two new restaurants under construction and plans to expand her business to 10 SUBWAY restaurants by 2010.
"The franchisee is the heart and soul of the Subway family. We know that our success depends upon the initiative they take as individuals and their ability to work as a team. We take great pride in the hard work and effort made by the thousands of franchisees throughout the world and in the millions of customers that they serve," says Don Fertman, Director of Development for the SUBWAYrestaurant chain.
With more than 28,000 locations in 87 countries, including 1,022 in the state of New York, the SUBWAY restaurant chain is the world's largest submarine sandwich franchise. Headquartered in Milford, Connecticut, the SUBWAY restaurant chain was co-founded by Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck in 1965. That partnership, which continues today, marked the beginning of a remarkable journey -- one that made it possible for thousands of individuals to build and succeed in their own business. The SUBWAY brand has been honored as the number one franchise opportunity in Entrepreneur magazine's "Annual Franchise 500" listing for 15 of the past 21 years, and was ranked as "America's Top Global Franchise" for 2008.
For more information about the SUBWAY chain, visit http://www.subway.com.
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