This summer wasn’t the best time for Subway sandwich shops – the world’s largest restaurant chain – to stumble.
Founder and owner Fred DeLuca – the driving force and vision behind the Milford, Conn., chain’s growth into a 40,000-unit chain – is in a Connecticut hospital getting treatment for leukemia and, he has told associates, is awaiting a bone marrow transplant.
Still, the 65-year-old billionaire businessman is directing the chain’s operations from a hospital bed.
The hands-on owner is still in daily contact with regional managers trying to find new ways to reverse the sales decline, a Subway development agent told The Post.
Same-store sales at the closely held company dipped 2 percent last month and are down over the last several months – the first declines in recent memory, sources close to the company tell The Post.