Christine Blank Honored as 2016 Arizona SUBWAY® Franchisee of the Year

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christine blank(PHOENIX – June 6, 2017) – Arizona Subway Development Corp., the exclusive developer for Subway restaurants in Arizona, has announced Gilbert resident Christine Blank as its 2016 Franchisee of the Year.

Blank has been a franchisee since 1993 and currently owns six restaurants across the East Valley, in Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa. Blank was selected as the 2016 Franchisee of the Year in part because of her long-time dedication to Subway and her proactive involvement with the day-to-day operations of her restaurants. Blank was recognized in front of more than 400 attendees at Subway’s Arizona statewide owners’ meeting earlier this month and received a cash prize and an honorary trophy.

“It was a total shock to receive this honor,” said Blank. “I have been with Subway a long time, and having been the manager of the first-ever Subway in Arizona, I worked myself up to becoming a franchisee, and I’m grateful for all the opportunities Subway has provided me. I’m so grateful for this honor.”

Blank has been with Subway since its very beginning in Arizona. Together with Arizona’s first Subway franchisee, Mark Roden, she opened Arizona’s first Subway restaurant at Arizona. She served as restaurant manager under Roden for about five years, managing up to 25 restaurants at one point.

Three of Blank’s Subway locations have received the coveted ‘Restaurant of the Month’ honor, which involves beating out more than 400 locations, most recently in December 2016.

About SUBWAY® Restaurants

Since 1965, SUBWAY® owners have been devoted to offering customers customized made to order sandwiches with a wide range of better-for-you options. Providing easy access to vegetables, detailed nutrition, dietary, and healthy lifestyle information has been a priority for the SUBWAY® chain for many years, earning the American Heart Association’s Heart Check Meal Certification in 2012 for many Fresh Fit™ meal options. As the world's largest restaurant chain, thousands of dedicated entrepreneurs have the opportunity to run their own business, while playing an important role in their communities. To learn more information about us, visit, like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at

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