Subway's Valentine's Gift to You: Free Cookies

Subway, the world's largest sub sandwich franchise, will host a national Free Cookie Day at all U.S. locations on Monday, February 14. With this promotion, a complimentary cookie will be included with any purchase.

The event is taking place during FebruANY, the month-long Subway restaurant promotion in which any regular footlong sandwich on the menu is available for only $5 during the month of February.

Subway Co-Founder Helps Out in Connecticut

The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation—a private foundation created by Subway's president and co-founder, Fred DeLuca—awarded grants and scholarships to nearly 180 Connecticut organizations.

“I’m very pleased that we are able to lend a hand to deserving regional schools and associations for the 13th year in a row by allocating more of our grant resources than ever before,” DeLuca says.

The Franchising World Goes Social

A franchise tool launching next week hopes to connect prospective franchisees with franchisors via an online hub that leads hopeful entrepreneurs to the business purchase process—with a little help from social networking.

Tom Hochstatter, cofounder of FranchiseProcess LLC, says the online FranchiseProcess tool helps franchisee hopefuls “get to the starting line of the reward process for a franchise” by guiding them through all of the initial groundwork, like getting finances in order and finding attorneys and accountants.

Four Tips to Make Your Company Outlive You

After running nuclear reactors for submarines, Loren Goodridge was ready to be his own boss. Navy alum Goodridge became a Subway franchisee in 1992, and has since been recognized for his strategic planning skills by Subway CEO Fred DeLuca and grown his franchise company to 20 units. Armed with military-refined leadership skills and a strong sense of entrepreneurship, Goodridge continues to actively strategize for his units and push for continual, productive growth for both his business and the Subway brand.

The New Kids’ Meals

Kids’ menus have come a long way from the days when they were little more than sandwiches, soft drinks, and small fries for the small fries.

As parents increasingly seek out food that is healthful and nutritious for their children, particularly in light of America’s growing childhood-obesity crisis, restaurants have sought to provide menu items that are not only good for kids, but also taste great.

Subway: No Franchise Fees for Veterans

The Subway restaurant chain introduced a new program for military veterans designed to reduce their costs associated with the purchase of a Subway franchise.

The franchise fee of $15,000 is waived for any honorably discharged veteran who wishes to open a Subway restaurant on a government or military installation. In addition, the franchise fee will be reduced by 50 percent for any veteran opening a Subway restaurant at any nonmilitary or nongovernment location.

Wake Up Breakfast Proteins

There is an answer to the age-old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg.

It’s definitely the egg—at least when it comes to breakfast. Few morning menus are without them. But these days, chicken and another popular poultry protein, turkey, are increasingly popping up on a.m. menuboards at quick-service and fast-casual restaurants.

2010 in Review

Reporting by Blair Chancey, Sam Oches, Daniel P. Smith, Robin Van Tan, Barney Wolf & Lori Zanteson

1. BK Sold to Brazilian Investors

Becoming the decade’s biggest restaurant buyout, No. 3 burger chain Burger King Corp. was acquired by 3G Capital, a New York firm backed by Brazilian investors, for $3.3 billion in September. —BC

2. The Food Truck Obsession

Anatomy of a Footlong: Subway Exec on “Undercover Boss”

On Sunday night’s episode of “Undercover Boss,” viewers watched with amusement as Don Fertman, chief development officer at Subway, learned how to address customers walking into the sandwich shop.

His on-site boss in Florida, a no-nonsense woman named Jessi, asked him what he believed an appropriate greeting would be. Don hesitated. What was the answer?

“Welcome… to… Subway,” Jessi said through gritted teeth, clearly straining her patience.