Subway has opened its 40,000th store at an AppleGreen petrol station in Ipswich, Suffolk.

Launching in 1965 and soon to celebrate its 48th year in business, the brand has opened 1,761 new locations around the world since the start of 2013.

Fred DeLuca, president and co-founder, said: “This is certainly a testament to the dedication and hard work of the entire Subway team, who I often refer to as The Greatest Team in Franchising History.

“I am proud to be part of a team that provides thousands of jobs for people in our stores, field offices, headquarters, and partner offices around the world.”

There are more than 9,000 non-traditional Subway locations worldwide, and around 4,500 of them are in petrol stations and forecourts. Of these non-traditional locations, there are nearly 600 in Europe, with around 300 open or in development in the UK and Ireland.

The UK and Ireland is the brand’s third-largest market, behind the US and Canada, with more than 1,600 locations. In all, there are 14,000 international locations in 102 countries outside the US.

In addition to celebrating this recent milestone, the European team just opened their 4,000th location in a railway station in Bucharest, Romania. 

In total the brand’s franchisees employ about 40,000 people in the communities in which they serve throughout Europe, with around 16,700 people employed in over 1,600 stores in the UK and Ireland.

According to Subway area development manager for the UK and Ireland Trevor Haynes, it is the “low start-up costs, flexibility, and simple footprint that makes a Subway franchise so appealing to entrepreneurs who look to our brand as a way to reach their goal of owning and operating their own business. That is what makes this work. We are thrilled to have this milestone opening in our market.”

Marc Kreder, regional director for Europe, said: “The level of growth we’ve experienced in Europe is a fantastic achievement and reflects the strong entrepreneurial spirit of the Subway franchisees.”