Fast food chain Subway is serving up 5,000 new jobs during its UK and Ireland expansion

Fast food chain Subway is serving up 5,000 new jobs during its UK and Ireland expansion

Popular sandwich firm Subway has announced that it will be added 5,000 to its workforce during its UK and Ireland expansion.

Over the next three years, the store plans to open another 500 UK & IE stores, which will increase its store placements to over 3,000 restaurants. Subway's first store opened in1965 and its global presence has grown to over 44,000 stores across 112 countries.

Peter Dowding, the UK & IE director has suggested that the expansion will strengthen the position of Subway within the UK market.

He said: "The growth expansion has been continual. What we have achieved over the last few years has been phenomenal for the brand and for our franchisees across the UK and Ireland.

"We set some very ambitious targets in 2012, where we said we would get 3,000 stores by 2020, and we are well on our way to achieving that.

"In fact, we will be opening our 2,500th store, which is a fantastic achievement for the brand in the UK. It strengthens our position in the market as being the leading quick service chain in the UK."

The sandwich firm plans to open at least 150 stores by the end of the year and is going through a massive brand transformation. Not only that, but the firm is also developing an online ordering service within the next 12 months.