Subway Restaurants, the largest restaurant chain in the US, shut down hundreds of locations in 2016.
The chain’s store count dropped by 359 locations in the US last year — the first time in history that Subway experienced a net loss in locations, Bloomberg reported.
With 26,744 locations, Subway is still the most ubiquitous restaurant chain in the US, with McDonald’s in the No. 2 spot.
Bloomberg reported that sales fell 1.7 per cent last year to about $US11.3 billion. The chain has struggled to keep up with fast-casual competitors like Panera and Sweetgreen better suited to meet Americans’ swiftly evolving health trends.
The company also faced negative publicity from a scandal involving its former spokesperson Jared Fogle. Fogle is currently serving a nearly 16-year prison sentence after being charged for having sex with minors and possessing child pornography. Subway cut ties with him last summer.