Why No One Goes To Subway Anymore

Recent Subway restaurant closure in Maywood, Illinois. DARREN TRISTANO; screenshot, Forbes

“About 2 hours I was vomiting and had diarrhea …”

Below: What’s really in Subway food? We found their full ingredients list. 

REASON #1: Subway Continues Restaurant Closures

“Subway closed more than 1,100 locations last year as the company’s franchisees continued to shed locations amid consistently declining sales and traffic.” – restaurantbusinessonline.com. Jan. 28, 2019

Darren Tristano, FORBES – Subway, the largest sandwich chain on the planet, continues to close shops domestically, looking to close 500 stores in 2018 after shuttering 800 restaurants in 2017. The effort will focus on pruning under-performing locations, which should drive traffic to other nearby locations.

The 50-year-old chain continues to emphasize its market share, looking to retain and grow its current customer traffic, according to a Bloomberg article citing a recent interview with chief executive officer Suzanne Greco.

Quick-service sandwich shops like Subway are facing increasing pressure from higher-quality fast-casual sandwich chains like Jimmy John’s, Jersey Mike’s and Firehouse Subs. Together, these chains combined for sales in 2017 of just over $4 billion, according to Technomic Inc.

Sandwich chains in the United States account for over $30 billion of annual consumer purchases; Subway accounts for nearly 35% of those sales, with nearly 26,000 U.S. locations, according to CHD Expert, a global data and insights firm.

Younger consumers continue to crave quality sandwiches that offer premium sliced meats, upscale toppings and high-quality bread. Subway has raised prices, moving away from the $5 foot-long, narrowing the price gap between its product and its competitors’.

Consumers willing to pay a few bucks more are moving upmarket to fast-casual quality.

What went wrong with Subway’s growth and expansion? For one thing, Subway is a franchisor of restaurants, with no stores owned or operated by the company.

Aggressive franchise development created an oversupply of restaurants that cannibalized sales when proximity was too close. Franchisees began to compete with one another instead of with competitive chains and independent sub shops. Read more. 

REASON #2: Is Subway Real Food? Certainly not

By Food Babe

Subway is the single largest chain restaurant in the world.

But is eating at America’s favorite fast food chain really eating real food?

Subway would certainly like you to think so.

With their slogan “Eat Fresh,” marketing with avocados and a guy who lost hundreds of pounds eating their famous sub sandwiches, it’s easy to get duped.

You may also feel tricked when you see a little heart logo, indicating a menu item at Subway is “heart healthy.”

It was recently announced that the American Heart Association (AHA) has endorsed several menu items at Subway and added the heart logo to indicate which ones.

At every Subway on the “sneeze guard” glass they display one version of their nutritional information – the infamous “6 grams of fat or less” menu.

This menu includes calories, fat grams, and that new little heart logo, but doesn’t display anything about the ingredients.

Doubting that Subway or the AHA would actually ever create a real food information guide for you, I decided it was time to do this myself.

Let’s take a closer look.

Subway definitely keeps it fresh and I figured out how. Every single one of their items on the “6 grams or less” menu has preservatives to keep it …well…fresh!

Sure Subway makes your meal right in front of you, but what is really happening behind the scenes? Boxes of already cut up and prepackaged processed foods and chemical additives are being shipped from Big Food industry factories to each location. Even Subway Store Managers Won’t Eat This Sub Topping

The 9-grain wheat bread might look and smell freshly baked but it contains close to 50 ingredients including refined flours, dough conditioners, hidden MSG, refined sugars, etc. Could bread this processed ever be real food? Certainly not … Read more. 

REASON #3: Food Poisoning From Eating AT Subway… “I am puking everywhere”

Recent posts from iwaspoisoned.com, the leading consumer platform for reporting food poisoning

SEARCH RESULTS FOR: subway

Feb 28 2019 4:25pm

Subway Restaurants, U.S. 1, Port St. Lucie, FL, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea, Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning

DESCRIPTION
I got a sandwich from subway (the same sandwich I always get) and after about 2 hours I was vomiting and had diarrhea. My husband ate there too and his stomach was bad.

What I ordered: spicy Italian with lettuce, tomato, pickles, banana peppers, mayo, salt, pepper.
What he ordered: rib sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, onions

Feb 26 2019 11:55pm

Subway Restaurants, North Palmer Street, Delta, CO, USA

Symptoms: Nausea, Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning

DESCRIPTION
I knew something was wrong when the worker couldn’t find the bread and gave me white instead of wheat. I carried on and ignored the mistake. I asked for sliced turkey: she gave me a sketchy “oven-baked” chicken breast that looked slimy and slightly yellowed. The lettuce was reddening. I ate at about noon and, nine hours later, am dry heaving into the toilet.

Feb 26 2019 11:46am

Subway Restaurants, Clark Street, Chicago, IL, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea, Fever, Nausea, Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning

DESCRIPTION
I only ate subway chicken teryacki sandwatch and 24 hours later I puked 40 times was admitted to the ER and had to miss multiple days of work. I could have died.

Feb 25 2019 10:41pm

Love’s Travel Stop, 2401 N Grand Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning

DESCRIPTION
Had bad tuna sandwich within hours had to have ambulance take me to ER spent night there sick as could be thought I was better drove to denver begain uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhea I am still sick but finally getting better and will never eat at a subway again

Feb 25 2019 10:06am

Subway, 151 Rohrerstown Rd, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea, Fever

Report Type: Food Poisoning

DESCRIPTION
We ate there yesterday for lunch, my husband got a chicken bacon ranch sub. He is the only one that got sick, and it started maybe six hours after he ate

Feb 24 2019 7:42pm

Subway, Keokuk Avenue, Lakeville, MN, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea, Fever, Nausea, Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning

DESCRIPTION
Ate a salad on Friday. Woke up on Saturday with all the symptoms of food poisoning.

Feb 24 2019 9:02am

Subway Restaurants, Ridge Road, Munster, IN, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning

DESCRIPTION
I ordered a footlong tuna with lettuce, green pepper, pickles, jalapeños, and black olives. I have been suffering with food poisoning from it for 3 days now. I have had to vomit, I’ve had diarrhea and been nauseous.

Feb 24 2019 4:13am

Subway Restaurants, East Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea, Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning

DESCRIPTION
Went to Subway on 2/23/19. Ordered a veggie sandwich about a hour later stomach pain and cramping, then vomiting, and diarrhea. Extremely painful stomach cramps. Only thing I ate today was a sandwich from Subway.

Feb 23 2019 5:07am

Subway Restaurants, Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea

Report Type: Food Poisoning

DESCRIPTION
Got a foot long tuna meal. After unfinished eating I had stomach pains and diarrhea. It’s been two days and I feel horrible.

Feb 21 2019 8:22pm

Subway Restaurants, Lake Land Boulevard, Mattoon, IL, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea, Fever, Nausea

Report Type: Food Poisoning

DESCRIPTION
Although I must admit the service was good, I went to subway just shortly after getting dismissed from classes. It was here I placed an order for a garlic italian herb and cheese steak and cheese sandwich. I had them put large amounts of bacon, pickles, and sweet onion sauce. Got home, ate it, and now I can’t even eat anything without throwing it up in 30 minutes.

Feb 21 2019 4:42pm

Subway 950 north Phoenix Rd, Medford Oregon, US

Symptoms: Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning

DESCRIPTION
I got a six inch italian sub and I noticed the veggies and the sauces weren’t as fresh as they could have been. I started throwing up about two hours after I ate it. All I can say is I won’t be eating subway for a long time. Thanks for the bad food!!!

Feb 20 2019 5:50pm

Subway, Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA

Symptoms: Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning

DESCRIPTION
Got my wife a salad she got sick right away it was a spinach salad with vinaigrette dressing

Feb 18 2019 11:10am

Subway Restaurants, West Broadway Avenue, Sulphur, OK, USA

Symptoms: Diarrhea, Fever, Nausea

Report Type: Food Poisoning

DESCRIPTION
We got food to go last night around 8 pm. I had Italian herbs and cheese bread, turkey, pepperjack cheese. Sandwich was not toasted. I also had lettuce, red onion, salt and pepper and both mayonnaise and subway vinaigrette. My husband had the same bread, ham, pepperjack, not toasted, lettuce, salt and pepper and mayonnaise. He just has diarrhea. The only other food I ate yesterday was at the restaurant I work at and all of my employees are fine.

Feb 18 2019 5:00am

Subway Restaurants, East Highway 25, Belleview, FL, USA

Symptoms: Vomiting

Report Type: Food Poisoning

DESCRIPTION
Ate half of deluxe spicy Italian sub on 2/15 from subway. Around 11:30 pm I became violent I’ll with vomiting and diarrhea that continued until 4:30 am. I also broke out into a cold clamy sweat and headache!

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What’s really in Subway food? We found their full ingredients list here.

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