Subway has nearly 25,000 restaurants in the U.S.--more than any other fast food company. Still, that's roughly 2000 fewer restaurants than it had a few years ago. Subway is in trouble. There are a number of reasons for the fast food retailer's woes, like over-expansion and competition from restaurants like Panera. But the biggest factor in the falter might be the very same thing that made Subway such a success during the economic downturn: the iconic five-dollar footlong sandwich.
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