Sandwich chain Subway plans to open another 650 stores in the UK and Ireland by 2010. It has now overtaken McDonald’s for the greatest number of stores in both countries, with a total of 1,350 outlets. The company, which has grown from 25 stores in the UK and Ireland in 2000, is now averaging five new openings a week and, globally, has more than 30,000 stores operating in over 87 countries.

"The continuing growth of the Subway chain in the UK and Ireland is phenomenal," remarked Bryan Griffiths, CEO of The European Independent Purcha-sing Company - an independent body owned by franchisees of the Subway chain.