Fastest Growing Chains: No. 6 Hunter Management Co.

Fastest Growing Chains: No. 6 Hunter Management Co.

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Hunter Management Co. operates 220 Subway franchises across Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming as freestanding units, or in-store operations in convenience stores, gas stations and regional malls.

The Subway brand itself has been one of the more successful restaurant growth chains for some time, especially as it focused on healthful offerings just as consumers began to delve into diets and calorie control. Most recently, Subway hit another high note with consumers when it became one of the first chains to latch on to the $5 price point, which has since become ubiquitous.

In 2001, Subway overtook restaurant giant McDonald’s as the largest U.S. restaurant chain, based on domestic unit counts, and the two remain neck-and-neck in terms of total worldwide units.

Last month, the sandwich chain launched a national breakfast menu, which further pits it against McDonald's, as well as other morning stalwarts like Dunkin Donuts. Sandwich segment rival Quiznos also recently began exploring breakfast by offering a morning menu at its 175 convenience store locations.

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