Subway reportedly closed 10% of its stores last year as the fast food chain struggled with pandemic restrictions and declining sales

The subway closed between 2,200 and 2,400 locations last year, Restaurant Business reported. Subway, the world’s largest fast food chain, lost about 10% of its restaurants in 2020, Restaurant Business reported on Friday. The publication reported that 2,200 to 2,400 subway restaurants closed during the pandemic last year. The closings are having a significant impact on business owners as the company does not operate its own restaurants but relies on franchises. A subway spokesman did not immediately respond to an insider request for confirmation of the closings. However, in a statement emailed to Restaurant Business, the Connecticut-based company denied the number of storefronts closed. “We can tell you the number you provided is incorrect,” the company said. “The number of permanent closings in 2020 is below your estimate as there are temporary closings due to COVID.” As in many restaurants and chains, Subway saw a decline in sales at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, due to home orders and restrictions on personal meals. According to the National Restaurant Association, the entire food and restaurant industry had already lost nearly $ 120 billion in sales by June. The company could have exceeded its limits by 2020. Workers criticized Subway for forcing 23,000 US stores to resume 84 hours a week in September, according to the New York Post. Franchisees told the Post that the companies’ demands were inappropriateness as they were forced to pay employees and keep opening hours even though sales continued to slow.