Interview with Nichaphat Maguire, Subway, Blanchardstown
Franchisee: Nichaphat Maguire
Location: Blanchardstown and Liffey Valley Shopping
Why did you decide to invest in a Subway franchise?
When we decided to look at a new business opportunity we saw a gap in the market in our local area and realised that Subway was a perfect fit. As a new business owner Subway offered us a lot of training and support which really helped us to the ins and outs of running a successful business.
What did you do before taking up your Subway franchise?
Before becoming a franchisee I had experience in the catering industry working as a kitchen assistant in a Thai restaurant and my husband worked in the construction industry as a bricklayer. Becoming franchisees was a huge change for both of us.
How many stores do you have/how many people do you employ?
My husband and I own two stores, both in major shopping centres in the Dublin area. In total we have 14 employees between the two locations.
What challenges have you faced?
We have found the recession to be our biggest challenge; the population has less money to spend than ever before. Our challenge now is to ensure that we maintain our sales and strive to improve them, something we have been fortunate to do over the years.
What are your plans for the future and growth?
I feel that we run a successful business and our main focus for the future is to ensure that we continue to run our business well and provide an excellent service to our customers. Important steps for us will include a focus on in-store promotions to build up our sales as the economy slowly works its way out of the recession.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of buying their first franchise?
Do your homework, you need to know exactly what the business entails and how you intend to run it, you have to keep your eye on the ball. Subway is a great franchise opportunity but you need to work hard understand how it works to ensure you are successful, there are Subway field consultants and developments on call throughout to help with this process
Would you do it again?
If the right opportunity came along then yes!
Could you tell me a little bit about your time on Masterchef?
Personally I love cooking and have always been interested in food and different cuisine. So I entered Masterchef Ireland 2012 because I wanted to know my level of cooking and it was probably the toughest challenge I have undertaken but also an extremely rewarding experience. I got through to the final 3 that was a huge success I have learnt so much from it.
Franchise: Go to Subway page