Subway Continues to Plan Expansion in Costa Rica

The five locations opened in the first half of the year will be joined by nine more before year end.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

By the end of the year the franchise which has been operating in the country for seventeen years will have fifty-five branches outperforming its competitor Mc Donalds which has forty-four.
Meanwhile Quizno's, its nearest competitor, has grown by 50% over the past five years.

Isidro Perera, general manager of Subway Costa Rica, said, "... that Costa Rica will become the first country in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean to have the Subway Café concept, which was created three years ago and of which there are about 15 stores in the United States.

The project will operate in what is now a corner house located at Boulevard Los Yoses, right next to the current Subway branch, which will be closed once the café opens", reported

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