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Sandwich Shop Map Shows That We’re Living in a Subway Empire

Flowing Data created several charts of sandwich chains across the 48 contiguous US states. This one makes it clear: the Subway company rules the land with a lettuce-covered fist. You can see the other charts here.

This chart removes Subway from the dataset. Arby’s is strong in the Midwest. Jimmy John’s and Panera Bread appear to be concentrated in major cities. I have not eaten at most of these delis, although I remember Jersey Mike’s as being quite good.


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I think that Subway proliferated because startup franchise costs are (relatively) low among chains. They also don't need a large architectural footprint.
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"Chains" being the key word. A ridiculous number of sandwich shops are just simply local, or are small chains with less than 100 locations. Quite a few of them around here, so they don't get counted in the map at all.

Subway is clearly the main franchise, but I really can't imagine why. They've been the one with the lowest-grade ingredients since the start...
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If you follow the link you'd see that A) Based on the top small thumbnails yes, they could be harder to see and B) There are (gasp) larger versions of the MAPS!!!!
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