If you’re a fan of Subway, we’re really sorry to be the bearer of bad news but it looks like the home of the footlong sandwich may be on its last crumbs, as it has closed more than 90 stores over the last four years.

The number of Subway stores has dropped by 9.2 per cent, as reported by The Brisbane Times. Revenue is also down. However, there are still 1,353 stores across Australia, so we may still have a few years to munch on the Subway signature sandwiches.

At present, there are no plans to open new stores. But a spokesperson did say that they do ‘anticipate growth’ this financial year but only areas that are ‘commercially viable’ would be considered.

The chain is struggling to find a place for itself within Millenial foodie trends. In the past, Subway may have been regarded as a healthier version of fast food. However, these days there are so many healthy options out there and consumers are opting for lower-carb foods.

‘Over the past 10 years, the tastes and the palates of our Australian guests have changed quite significantly, and what they’re looking for, for their lunch or for their dinner has changed as well,’ a Subway’s spokesperson said.

This trend has taken its toll on long-running franchisees. One owner spoke to the Brisbane Times saying:

‘I cannot afford it. I am in too much debt at the moment I have taken out a lot of personal loans to survive. If I take another loan from the bank I cannot pay as it is too high. My life is hell now. I am stuck.’

Trying To Survive

Subway has made numerous attempts over the years to ‘get with the times’, including introducing wraps and rye bread, meat-free options and a loyalty card.

Subway does seem to be a relic of the past and with so many amazing options out there, Subway is getting overlooked. But it may still get a modern-era re-boot, but we’ll just have to wait and see what that looks like.

Are you a fan of Subway? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • It was good at the beginning with the nice bread flavours but I think it is a combination of sandwich filling choices and the stores are generally uninviting.


  • I was eating there every day while my husband was in hospital. I’d have half for lunch and take the other half back to the hostel to have for my dinner. Haven’t been able to go into one of their businesses since he passed away.


  • I don’t eat there but I don’t get very much takeaway food. I know people who get it for lunch every day though and I would eat it over some other fast food options.


  • Can anyone tell what stores in WA have closed down? Thanks


  • We like subway now and again. It is pricey. But very healthy, clean sandwich making process. Love it! But often under staffed and it could thrive if a few deals came in. Staff management instead of six in queue and one worker out front.


  • Subway cookies are the best, otherwise the food there isn’t all that great. Better just making a sandwich at home.


  • Considering what you can have put in them I don’t consider they are expensive. Not like the fatty and sugary food certain other brand fast food does. Other companies rolls are full of sugar.


  • we have 4 where I live (thats just the ones I can think of off the top of my head!) my son just applied for a job with them


  • I love subway cookies


  • The story on Current Affair the other night said they are not treating their franchisees very well and making it impossible for them to continue, so many have lost money and they cannot sell them either.


  • The service in some Subways is not the best ans staff need to be trained better. Yes as more options come out the ones that have been there before need to change what is being served.


  • I rarely eat there, but Its a Nice option to have.


  • I do like subway’s veggie patty! like the herbs and cheese bread too.


  • I don’t eat subway often but will be sad to see some of our local stores close if that becomes the case.


  • We don’t have it often, but it’s a healthy option


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