Subway opens first UK store within a car dealership
Sandwich shop chain Subway has opened its first UK store situated in a car dealership.
The shop, which launched earlier this month, is housed within the Skipton Ford dealership in North Yorkshire and is owned by Subway franchisees, Mark and Ed Bentley.
Catering for the dealership’s customers and staff, the store will also be selling the chain’s range of sandwiches, salads and flatbreads to local people as well as nearby businesses and passing trade.
Developing stores in off-high street locations is now a major focus for Subway. There are currently over 500 Subway stores open in non-traditional locations such as convenience stores, petrol station forecourts, universities and hospitals.
Brothers Mark and Ed already operate a Subway store in Garforth near Leeds and also own and run three car dealerships, including the one in Skipton.
Greg Madigan, area development manager for Subway UK and Ireland, said: “Non-traditional locations are a key area of growth for the Subway brand in the UK and Ireland. The simple operations that are involved in running a Subway franchise and the convenience offer makes it a perfect fit for these style locations, in this case for dealership customers and those visiting the store.
“The partnership with Skipton Ford is the first of its kind in the country for us, and we’re thrilled to have opened this fantastic new store with them.”