As of today, McDonald's has 32,737 franchises around the globe. And has been surpassed by...
with 33,749 franchises that opened at the end of 2010. Subway opened it's 1000th store in Asia!
Subway opened it's first international storefront in Bahrain in 1984. There are currently 24,000 locations in the US and is owned by Doctor's Associated, Inc.
They have achieved this by opening sandwich shops in unexpected places. For example, a car showroom in California or an appliance store in Brazil and a church in Buffalo, NY. Interesting concept.