Subway slashed hundreds of jobs at its corporate headquarters

  • Subway slashed hundreds of jobs from its corporate headquarters in Connecticut on Wednesday.
  • The layoffs follow several years of struggles for the sandwich chain. 
  • "A reduction in workforce is never an easy decision but streamlining and simplifying our business with a smaller and nimbler workforce will help us react quickly to the changing needs of the business," Alan Marcus, senior director of public relations at Subway, said in a statement to Business Insider. 
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Subway slashed 300 jobs at its corporate headquarters in Milford, Connecticut, on Wednesday.

Alan Marcus, senior director of public relations at Subway, confirmed the "difficult decision" to cut the positions in a statement to Business Insider.

"A reduction in workforce is never an easy decision but streamlining and simplifying our business with a smaller and nimbler workforce will help us react quickly to the changing needs of the business," Marcus said in the statement. 

The layoffs come following several years of challenges for the sandwich chain, including mass closures of its franchise locations and the downfall of former spokesperson Jared Fogel, who was sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison after being charged with possession and distribution of child pornography and traveling across state lines for sex with a minor. 

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Marcus added that the layoffs are intended to improve business across the company, including for its franchise owners, as each Subway location is locally owned and operated. 

"We must do what we can to fully support our owners and our guests in every neighborhood in which we do business," he said in the statement. "Our focus remains on ensuring Subway guests get great service and value at every restaurant they visit, our franchise owners get the full support and tools they need to help them grow and be successful and that we strengthen our overall business performance."

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