Subway is looking for a buyer after falling revenues and massive restaurant closures in 2020.
Restaurant Brands International, a Canadian-American company that owns Popeyes, Burger King fast-food chains, and Tim Hortons coffee shops, is considering acquiring Subway, one of the largest fast-food franchises globally.
According to Insider, other interested parties include Inspire, which owns the international Baskin Robbins and Dunkin' Donuts chains. Both companies have received offers to buy the business from Subway, but no agreement has been reached.
The current head of Subway, John Chidsey, in the early 2000s, headed the business of Burger King until the sale of the company to 3G Capital investment group, which is considered the founder of Restaurant Brands International. Currently, Mr. Chidsey is pushing Subway's cost-cutting strategy, attracting customers while discouraging franchisees.
Subway faced financial problems in 2020 amid a pandemic and the ensuing restrictions on businesses around the world. The company's revenue dropped from $1.9 billion to $10.2 billion. In the U.S. market, Subway was forced to close about 2,000 restaurants.
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