5 Fast-Food Sandwich Chains Customers Are Abandoning

"Some of the biggest national sandwich chains have fallen out of favor ... "

EAT THIS, NOT THAT! – With a market saturated with sandwich chains vying for customers’ attention, it may be hard to stay in the spotlight. From the ultra-fast delivery of Jimmy Johns to the steamed and sauced subs at Firehouse Subs, fast-food sandwich chains are not going anywhere, but some are struggling to keep up loyalty.

Not all subs are created equal, of course. Some of the biggest national sandwich chains have fallen out of favor with Americans in recent years, whether because of a drop in quality or some very bad publicity.

Here are the top perpetrators of sandwich sins that are falling out of favor with customers …

“Your food gave me food poisoning”

Subway, Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, USA | 1 day ago
“I ordered a foot long Philly cheese steak with pepper jack cheese, green peppers, red onions, Jalapeños, and mustard. I also consumed a strawberry cheesecake cookie and picked it up at 11:50. Symptoms started about 6 hours after. Your food gave me food poisoning, which has kept me up all night. To the business, feel free to reach out to me. I’m very angry and will gladly give you more information. | Symptoms: Nausea, Diarrhea” – iwaspoisoned.com, the crowd-sourced food safety site 

SUBWAY: “Corrupt and oppressive management practices … “

Reigning as the most controversial of the sandwich chains, Subway has seen its fair share of bad publicity. Prior to that, from the ’80s to the early oughts, Subway was expanding rapidly and was quickly becoming the world’s largest fast-food chain.

In 2014, Subway saw its first decline in sales, which dropped 3% and by 2016, the company closed more stores than it opened for the first time. During 2018 and 2019, the company closed 2,100 stores and lost $210 million in 2019 alone, according to Business Insider.

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It seems the mighty do fall as Subway has gone from bad publicity to worse publicity during that time. Outside of the shocking revelation of former spokesperson Jared Fogle’s illicit activities in 2015, Subway hasn’t seen a good look for its sandwiches either …

“This episode was quite jarring … “

Subway, North French Road, Getzville, NY, USA | 6 days ago
Full size meatball sub; only ate it today specifically ate around lunchtime (12PM EST). I became increasingly nauseous as the night progressed, and vomited recently (approximately 11PM EST). Found this site and viewed similar experiences when researching, so I wanted to document this one as well for the public. Note: I’ve been to this location several times in the past couple of years; this is the first time I’ve ever experienced a potential food-poisoning incident from this establishment, so this episode was quite jarring, but could possibly be a one-off. | Symptoms: Nausea, Vomiting
– iwaspoisoned.com, the crowd-sourced food safety site 

Whether it was the iconic footlong coming up short at only 11 inches, the chain’s ingredient freshness being called into question, or the controversy around its tuna, Subway’s menu is looking less “healthy” and appealing to many customers.

Coupled with the fact that Subway has also been accused of corrupt and oppressive management practices which resulted in many franchise owners going out of business, the chain has a lot to account for before Americans make it their first choice again …

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“The lettuce looked questionable but figured I was just being paranoid.”

Subway, Honeysuckle Drive, Marietta, PA, USA
On Tuesday, November 22nd I stopped into this location and got a sweet onion chicken teriyaki sub to go. I thought the lettuce looked questionable but figured I was just being paranoid. I drove 5 minutes home and immediately consumed the sub. Within a few hours my stomach was upset, and by that evening/night I had terrible stomach cramps and diarrhea. I’ve continued to have cramping, aches, and bad diarrhea through today, Friday November 25th. Nobody else in my family ate at this restaurant and I am the only one that is sick. Hopefully this subsides soon, but I believe the restaurant should be looked into so this doesn’t happen again to someone else. – iwaspoisoned.com, the crowd-sourced food safety site 


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