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Subway Overtakes McDonald's With More Than 34,000 Global Locations

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Move over McDonald's, Subway coming through! The Wall Street Journal reports today that Subway now has more locations than McDonald's, the brand that personifies the fast food genre. WSJ says Subway closed out last year with 33,749 restaurants to Micky D's 32,737.

Subway's website says its current store count is 34,218 in 95 countries. McDonald's website confirms their store count as "over 32,000." Those restaurants, however, are located in 117 countries, 22 more than Subway.

McDonald's modern, franchised incarnation began in 1955 with the opening of a location in Des Plaines, Illinois. By 1965 there were 700 restaurants operating in the U.S. Today there are over 14,000 in the U.S.

Subway was founded in 1965 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with the goal of opening 32 restaurants in 10 years. The privately held company's expansion goal for the next 10 years is just a tad higher than that.

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