MORE than 500 jobs are set to be created across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire by a popular sandwich chain’s expansion plans.
Subway is seeking to open up to 35 new stores, which would double the number in the region to around 70.
The first new franchise opened over Easter at Crystal Peaks, with the rest to follow over the next five years.
The company’s development agents Rachana and Kiran Pancholi have launched a hunt for entrepreneurs to follow in their footsteps and run their own Subway franchises.
The husband and wife team began running their own outlet eight years ago and went on to open two more shops.
They believe new franchise holders in South Yorkshire are likely to follow a similar path, increasing the number of outlets and job opportunities still further.
Franchises typically cost from between £100,000 and £130,000 and a seminar for interested parties is to be held at Aston Hall Hotel, Aston, on Wednesday, April 25.
“We will be looking for suitable candidates and we will help them find a site, open premises and recruit and train their staff,” said Kiran.
“We help with all the groundwork so new businesses can quickly get up and running.”
Equipment for new outlets is also available.
Kiran said over three-quarters of franchise holders went on to run more than one store.
“If that path is followed around South Yorkshire then the number of jobs on offer could mushroom accordingly,” he said.
“While some franchisees need bank loans, others fund the start up capital themselves, through savings or maybe redundancy payments.
“But the point is they are buying into a highly successful brand.”
Twenty jobs were created at the Crystal Peaks shop, but there were 120 applicants.
Nationally, the plan is to increase the number of UK Subway shops to 2,000, up from 1,432.