Industry News | September 15, 2015

Subway Founder Fred DeLuca Dies at Age 67

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Fred DeLuca, cofounder of one of the world’s most well known brands, died Monday evening at the age of 67, just weeks after celebrating the business’s 50th anniversary. DeLuca and his business partner, Dr. Peter Buck, opened their submarine sandwich in Connecticut in 1965 when DeLuca was only 17 years old.

In 2013, while traveling around to visit with franchisees, DeLuca fell ill and was ultimately diagnosed with Leukemia. Since that time, he had been receiving treatments and still overseeing the brand as CEO, but recently named his sister, Suzanne Greco, as president to run the day-to-day operations.

DeLuca was an active member of the International Franchise Association and a recipient of numerous awards and accolades. He was a supporter of many charitable organizations focused mainly on those that promoted self-sufficiency and education programs.

He was an extremely ambitious businessman, a bright and analytical thinker, and was even a member of Mensa.

DeLuca leaves behind his wife, sister, son, and members of his extended family: the thousands of team members that make up the Subway brand all over the world. He was always very proud of the work of his headquarters staff and thousands of developers, franchisees, Sandwich Artists, suppliers, and partners who he often and affectionately called “The Greatest Team in Franchising History.”

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Fred was a wonderful visionary and will be missed by the Subway family.  He is responsible for the success of thousand of franchisees and development agents.  We will always be grateful to have been touched by this ambitious man and he will always have a place in our hearts. 

Fred will be sadly missed by thousands. He was never one to believe he sold guaranteed success, what he offered was an opportunity to be successful and many have become just that. From a 17 year old boy in his 1st store to one of the worlds biggest brands in 50 years.  He will rightfully be remembered for many a year to come as a visionary and a success. He is an example of not just the American Dream , but every entrepreneur's dream.Such a loss

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