As 2010 drew to a close, Subway edged McDonald’s in locations operating worldwide 33,749 to 32,737, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings in February. Subway, which passed McDonald’s in U.S. locations about nine years ago, has been aggressively seeking growth overseas. Subway opened its first international location in Bahrain in 1984 and expects its number of international restaurants to outnumber its domestic locations by 2020. Both companies are dwarfed in international presence by Yum! Brands, which has 38,000 international locations. Yum! Brands comprises multiple popular franchises such as KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.
Both Subway and McDonalds are dwarfed in the presence of the Colonel.