Subway exploring potential headquarters move within CT

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MILFORD — Subway is considering a relocation of its headquarters from Milford to Fairfield County, but the fast food giant is so far providing few details about the potential move.

“Subway is exploring options in northeastern Fairfield County to create a world-class work environment for our employees, that includes a modernized headquarter(s) location, featuring an engaging and welcoming workspace and wide range of on-site amenities,” the company said in a statement Monday. “As a member of the community for nearly 50 years, we look forward to strengthening our long-term commitment to the area.”

The company declined to comment further on the possible move. If carried out, it would mark one of the most significant corporate relocations in recent years in Connecticut.

Subway’s main offices are now located at 325 Sub Way in Milford, about a half-mile north of Interstate 95’s Exit 35. The company declined to comment on the current number of employees based there.

Milford Mayor Benjamin Blake was not immediately available to comment Monday.

In the past 18 months, Subway has already pursued changes to its office footprint. In March 2021, the company signed a lease for more than 64,000 square feet in an office park next to Miami International Airport, with plans to bring 100 employees, according to real estate news outlet The Real Deal. The company said at the time that the offices would house marketing and culinary staff and the company’s Latin American regional offices, but keep most of its employees in Milford, The Real Deal reported.

Subway declined to comment Monday on its operations in Miami.

Amid the potential headquarters move, Subway continues to grow. It has announced plans to hire more than 50,000 people this month to work in its restaurants across the U.S.

New recruits would join a company that has more than 37,000 restaurants across more than 100 countries. In a related statement, Subway did not provide hiring projections at a state level, noting that “since Subway restaurants are independently owned and operated, the number of employees and hiring needs can vary by restaurant.”

The company’s first restaurant was opened in Bridgeport in 1965 by a then-17-year-old Fred DeLuca, and family friend Dr. Peter Buck. They originally called that submarine sandwich shop “Pete’s Super Submarines.” Buck died last November at age 90. DeLuca died at age 67 in 2015.; twitter: @paulschott