Subway sandwich empire co-founder Fred DeLuca dies
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Fifty years after starting his first sandwich shop as a teenager, cancer.CEO and co-founder died on Monday. He was 67 and suffering from
Subway yesterday announced his death, but not the location. He had developed Connecticut. The company remains based in the state., which the company announced in 2013. The business was founded with friend Peter Buck who lent DeLuca 1,000 to open Pete's Super Submarines in ,
By 1968 the business was renamed Subway and the two young entrepreneurs began looking at franchising as a method of expansion. It worked: With over 44,000 locations Subway is the world's largest fast food franchise. The company has locations in 110 countries.
Subway brands itself as a healthy alternative on the fast food market. It has faced various controversies: ingredients, contracts with franchisees, and longtime advertiser Jared Fogle have all come under scrutiny. Fogle left the company this year after admitting underage sex and child pornography offences.
"I knew nothing about making sandwiches, nor the food industry," DeLuca would later write of his 1965 startup. Growing up he lived in state-owned housing in The Bronx, New York City. Forbes estimated his 2015 wealth at around $3.5 billion.
- Candice Choi (AP). "Subway co-founder dies of cancer at 67" — , September 16, 2015
- Reuters. "Subway co-founder DeLuca dies after battling leukemia" — , September 16, 2015