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The Connecticut-based sandwich shop chain was launched in the 1960s to pay for Fred DeLuca’s school tuition. Peter Buck financed the project with $1,000 to open the first shop – the company now operates in more than 100 countries across the world. DeLuca and Buck decided to start franchising in 1974 when they realized they would not meet their goal of opening 32 stores. “Today, the SUBWAY® brand is the world’s largest submarine sandwich chain with more than 40,000 locations around the world,” the company says.