Sandwich franchise Subway is believed to be looking at opening new stores locally.
The Subway brand is on course to hit its target to open two new stores a month for the next 12 months across Ireland, creating 288 full-time and part-time jobs.
Subway aims to hit its target of 225 stores open across Ireland by July 2014.
It has recently opened new stores in both Belfast and Galway with more set to open in the coming weeks.
Industry insiders say Subway is looking at all opportunities in its expansion - including new stores in the North West.
Spearheading the growth in Ireland is Subway Development Agent Paul Heyes who says: “It is no secret that times have been tough in the business world of late, and we have seen a lot of change on many streets across the region.
“However, it is not all doom and gloom and with the right business model you can find success. We are delighted to have opened two new Subway stores over the past month and we are looking forward to opening further stores shortly.”
The Subway brand is the largest specialist sandwich franchise in Ireland and Britain with more than 1,600 stores. Worldwide, there are more than 39,000 Subway stores in over 100 countries, all but one of which are franchised.
Subway already occupies more than one million sq. ft. of prime retail space in Britain and Ireland and has more locations than KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King and McDonalds in both regions.