While Subway is closing 500 or more restaurants as they focus on expanding overseas, Central New York will see brand new updated Subway locations.

With over 25,000 locations nationwide, Subway is projected to close about 500 U.S. locations; the chain will also add more than 1,000 locations in the U.K., Germany, South Korea, India, China, and Mexico. Subway restaurants are independently owned and operated, and the decision to stay open or to close is made by the Franchisees, not Subway. A Subway spokesperson tells us:

In North America we are implementing an aggressive revitalization plan, which we expect to result in the closing, consolidation or relocation of a few hundred locations in 2018. Simultaneously, outside of North America we expect to open more than 1,000 new restaurants this year. Looking out over the next decade, we anticipate having a slightly smaller, but more profitable footprint in North America and a significantly larger footprint in the rest of the world.

To win some more traffic in this tough economy, Subway has created a new loyalty program, they're revamping the menu, stores are getting a face-lift, along with some new technology like touch-screen ordering kiosks. We have an exclusive look at the brand new Subway designs coming to CNY.

Soon we will see the improvements all across CNY. Subway has 43,700 stores globally and is entirely owned by franchisees. CNY has close to 20 locations to choose from, but we still hope none of the closing locations are in our area.

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[Information from Bloomberg.com]