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  • Sandwich leader Subway simply can’t be stopped. So far this year, the company has opened more than 1,000 new locations around the world, crossed the milestone of 33,000 locations and premiered its new breakfast menu at about 25,000 U.S. and Canadian stores. The only potential chink in the brand’s armor? Oversaturation.

    No. 2 sandwich chain, Arby’s is experiencing a different reality. Having Wendy’s as a sister concept won’t stop the brand from pushing its sandwiches as a trade-up from burgers. But the chain’s usual high-end message will be tempered near-term by increased attention to value, including a $1 menu and bundled meals priced to compete with the deals of Subway and Quiznos. Simultaneously, 100 units run by the franchisor will be given an overhaul, the first step in a three-year, $75-million-plus renovation drive.

    Segment
    Rank
    2010
    QSR 50
    Rank
    Chain U.S.
    Systemwide
    Sales ’09
    (millions)
    U.S.
    Average
    Annual
    Sales Per
    Unit ’09
    (Thousands)
    Franchised/
    Licensed
    Units ’09
    Company-
    Owned
    Units ’09
    Total
    Units ’09
        Sandwich          
    1 2 Subway* $10,000.0 $445.0 23,034 0 23,034
    2 11 Arby’s* $3,228.8 $897.0 2,427 1,169 3,596
    3 15 Panera Bread* $2,796.5 $2,081.0 719 585 1,304
    4 18 Quiznos Subs* $1,776.5 $415.0 4,200 3 4,203
    5 34 Jimmy John’s* $602.0 $688.3 948 21 969
    6 43 Jason’s Deli $471.6 $2,194.0 94 121 215
    7 50 Einstein Bros. Bagels* $378.4 $874.0 182 350 532
    8 51 McAlister’s Deli $352.0 $1,245.3 257 36 293
    9 55 Au Bon Pain $307.0 $1,900.0 53 124 177
    10 61 Schlotzsky’s $245.0 $718.0 323 27 350