Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Subway makes a comeback

Subway

Subway, the world's fastest growing fast food chain, closed its Omani outlets late last year. Quietly, and without any fanfare, they closed their outlets one after another until there was just the one at CCC left. And then that one closed too. There's still the one at the food court in City Centre, and that's because it's owned by a different franchisee than the others. I don't know why Subway closed. I heard that they weren't doing well, which is not surprising since McDonalds isn't a roaring success here either. Other stories say that it wasn't because of low sales, it's just that franchisee decided to get out of the food business. This one makes sense too because it never gelled with me why the Royal Guard of Oman decided to run a fast food franchise in the first place. Their job is to protect the big dude, not sell foot-long subs.

We were in City Centre (by the way I hate spelling Center the British way but I can't mess with the name of the so-called mall) last week and I stopped by Subway for the first time in at least six months. The guys who work there are extremely nice and very chatty. The big piece of information that I got out of them was that their owner is planning to open one in Sarooj and take over some of the closed locations. Good news for fast food lovers. How about someone take the Burger King frachise and bring them back to Oman too.

Chicking

We don't go to food courts very often so I don't know how long this ChicKing place has been there, but it's such a total KFC rip-off. They even have a sandwich exactly like a Zinger which they quite creatively have called Zinker.

10 comments:

Lym said...

I love Subway ..It is the only healthy fast food outlet in Oman.

I was disappointed when they closed it down though.

Good News !

Najah said...

hahaha this Zinker made my day! I dont understand that much about all this but how can they do that, i mean its an obviouse ripp-off thinggie~!

nomadica said...

that's great news! i was disappointed when i found out that the CCC outlet closed down cos i was a regular visitor. and al sarooj is a great location. hopefully they'll attract more customers there.

Blue Chi said...

The Zinker thing was really funny. :P Sounds much like stinker.

Kazablanka said...
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Kazablanka said...

I'm not a Subway Fan, but one of my sisters is and she almost cried when she came for a visit and found out that the one in CCC was closed. I had to drive ALL the way to city center to get her a sandwich to shut her up.. oh and shes 23 years old so you could imagine :p

That new wannabe KFC has been there for a while. I havent tried any of their food but it looks stinky.. hehe blue chi..

OH AND I AM SO GONNA BE THE ONE WHO BRINGS BACK BURGER KING TO OMAN!

Anonymous said...

Yer bloody joking, it wasn't closed cos of lack of business, you would go in at lunchtime and there would be a massive queue of PDO wallers in there, I nearly died a death the day it closed, I was gagging for a sandwich and had to settle for bloody Pizza hut instead.

I was amazed though - people watching, at how duh people are, it was amazing the amount of people who stoppped, looked in the window, back to look at the sign, back to peek in the window, stand around a bit more, look back in, scratch heads and then come over to Pizza hut, how unkewl!!

I went to KFC in Brunei once, (I know I always change the subject) n the guy said "solly no chips reft" so I said "ok 6 pieces of chicken, half spicy half normal, guess what.... "solly no spicy reft" what a bloody outfit that was, then to top it all after having just 6 pieces of regular chicken without chips, we went to get an icecream cos the kids had been so good, "solly no ice cream today lah"

Long n short of it all is, at least we can get chips in our multiple chicken outlets here!!! whew... and stacks of baskin n robbins!

Jayburd

dibz said...

well here in sydney there's highly a gret demand for subway.people jus love it. the subway crew are quick enough in handling customers.i have my own experience in this field, since im here.i have worked at 2 different branches of subway ,owned by totally different franchisees.
the one i work at the moment is the labense one.daily frsh items are prepared which includes salads,meats,breads and cookies.we provide everything fesh to the customers.throughout the work cleanliness and hyfiene is maintained.i was born and brought up in oman.i came to sydney for study purpose and im workin at subway to support my financial needs here.well i would love to work in subway in oman if got the oppurtuinity to work!!!!!

dibz said...

warom
well here in sydney there's highly a gret demand for subway.people jus love it. the subway crew are quick enough in handling customers.i have my own experience in this field, since im here.i have worked at 2 different branches of subway ,owned by totally different franchisees.
the one i work at the moment is the labense one.daily frsh items are prepared which includes salads,meats,breads and cookies.we provide everything fesh to the customers.throughout the work cleanliness and hyfiene is maintained.i was born and brought in oman.i came to sydney for study purpose and im workin at subway to support my financial needs here.well i would love to work in oman one day if got the oppurtuinity to work!!!!!

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