Subway, a restaurant chain based in Milford, Conn., said it is planning to open about 3,000 new locations around the world this year.
The chain said it currently has more than 41,800 locations worldwide in 105 countries.
(By way of comparison, Canton-based Dunkin’ Donuts noted in an April press relase that it has nearly 11,000 restaurants in 33 countries.)
In a statement, Chris Kan, a training and business promotion specialist for Subway Real Estate, commented on the chain’s expansion.
‘‘We are always looking to forge ahead with new opportunities in traditional shopping centers, malls and free standing locations, as well as non-traditional venues such as hospitals, colleges, sports arenas and airports,’’ Kan said. ‘‘From 300 to 2,000 square feet, Subway restaurants come in all shapes and sizes. Because of the chain’s unique business model, which has minimal equipment and space requirements, a Subway restaurant can operate just about anywhere.’’