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Subway sandwich shops keep popping up across the Midwest

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Quick: What fast-food chain is growing faster than any other? It's Subway. And the chain didn't slow its momentum during the first three months of 2013.

Quick: What fast-food chain is growing faster than any other?

It's Subway. And the chain didn't slow its momentum during the first three months of 2013.

In January, February and March, Subway opened more than 600 locations across the globe. The chain now boasts more than 39,000 locations. Its goal? According to a press release sent to Midwest Real Estate News, Subway is targeting 40,000 locations.

In the United States, Subway added 232 new franchises during the first three months. A Midwest state, Missouri, reached its own personal milestone, getting its 500th Subway store during this time.

Subway even opened its first restaurant in the nation of Estonia.

Subway has found success, too, in the non-traditional restaurant space, with 9,000 stores in airports, department stores, hospitals and park and recreational facilities.

The chain even operates a restaurant inside a Goodwill Industries training center in South Carolina. Goodwill uses the restaurant as a training center for clients in the organization's foodservice program, giving these clients valuable job skills.

In the Midwest during the first three months of the year, Illinois saw five new Subway locations, Indiana four, Iowa three, Kansas two, Kentucky four, Michigan two, Minnesota one, Missouri four, Ohio 11, Tennessee five and Wisconsin six.