Subway, while globally recognized, has faced failures and losses, such as in their 2021 sub-giveaway marketing campaign where stores only handed out 10-20 of the 50 allocated sandwiches, leaving thousands unclaimed.
Quizno's, once a formidable Subway competitor, saw a sharp rise to fame but ultimately lost 94% of its 5,000+ US locations, resulting in a significant loss of fans. The brand is now aiming for a complete strategy overhaul to spur growth.
Potbelly, known for its "neighborhood sandwich concept," experienced a loss of nearly 50 out of 400 store locations in 2020 and had to lay off many employees due to COVID-19.
Au Bon Pain
Au Bon Pain, a semi-small bakery chain, experienced successful runs in the early 1980s and 2010s with their French-style sandwiches, soups, salads, and beverages. However, the chain has also faced some difficulties despite its reputation for fast and simple food and drink combos.