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The rise and fall of Subway, the world's largest fast-food chain

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    Subway,
    the largest fast-food chain in the US and in the world, first
    opened in the 1960s and quickly expanded in the following
    decades.
  
  Successful ad campaigns with 
    Jared Fogle - the man who said he lost over 200 pounds
    while eating Subway sandwiches - and the "$5 footlong" jingle
    have contributed to sales throughout the years.
  
  However, the company took a turn in 2014 when sales started
  to decline.
  
  It had a public-relations crisis on its hands when Fogle was
  arrested and charged with having sex with minors and distributing
  and receiving child pornography. He 
    was sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison in 2015.
  
  In the past year, Subway 
    closed over 1,000 locations nationwide.
  
  
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  In the past few years, Subway 
  restaurants have been dealing with growing pains, declining
  sales, and a public-relations issue with legal troubles for Jared
  Fogle, its former spokesman. As a result, the sandwich company
  has been closing hundreds of stores all over the US for the past
  few years.

  But it hasn't always been like this. In the '80s, '90s, and early
  2000s, Subway was expanding rapidly, becoming the world's
  largest fast-food chain.

  Keep reading to learn how a company that was on the rise for
  decades suddenly took a turn for the worse.

Sandwich chain has closed hundreds of stores

In the past few years, Subway restaurants have been dealing with growing pains, declining sales and a public-relations issue with legal troubles for Jared Fogle, its former spokesman. As a result, the sandwich company has been closing hundreds of stores all over the U.S. for the past few years.

But it hasn't always been like this. In the '80s, '90s and early 2000s, Subway was expanding rapidly, becoming the world's largest fast-food chain.

Click ahead to learn how a company that was on the rise for decades suddenly took a turn for the worse.

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