The late Fred DeLuca, known for building Subway Restaurants into the biggest fast-food chain in the world, was a hard-partying boss who pursued store owner’s wives and posed half naked for a company calendar, according to a new report.
DeLuca, who co-founded Subway in 1965 and largely ran it up until his 2015 death, distributed a company calendar in 2000 complete with Subway male executives posing partially naked.
The January model was DeLuca himself “grinning and shirtless in a dim office with a navy towel slung seductively over his shoulder” holding a glass of champagne, Insider said.
The report claimed this was just one aspect of a a socially active atmosphere at Subway that sometimes went overboard.
DeLuca was also known to pursue the wives of Subway franchisees, according to the story, which included an interview with Fred’s former daughter-in-law Ana DeLuca.
“He always felt that he could go and he could approach any woman” at Subway conventions “because he was responsible for their husband’s success in stores,” Insider reported, quoting an anonymous source.
Subway didn’t return a request for comment and doesn’t appear to have commented for Insider’s story.
In the early ’90s, Fred moved to Florida to avoid taxes, while his wife Elisabeth stayed in Orange, Conn., the daughter-in-law said. The moment she left DeLuca’s side “other girls came around,” Ana told Insider.
Fred’s partying ways were accepted inside Subway because many there saw him as a “demigod,” the report said.
Subway was also reportedly warned about its spokesman Jared Fogle, who is serving a 15-year jail sentence for kiddie porn, Insider said.
Fogle’s ex-wife, Kathleen McLaughlin, said in an unsuccessful suit filed against Subway that it had been notified at least three times about the spokesman’s unhealthy interest in children, Insider reported.
Also, former franchisee Cindy Mills said she had told four people working at Subway’s marketing organization about Fogle’s sexual interest in kids, Insider said.
His arrest tarnished Subway’s image, and the brand has since been in decline. DeLuca died shortly after, also in 2015.
As The Post reported this week, Subway has angered franchisees with new contracts requiring them to be open all but one day of the year unless they had permission or barring an extreme natural emergency, an “Act of God,” or risk losing their restaurants.
Originally published at https://nypost.com/2021/06/10/late-subway-founder-fred-deluca-was-fresh-with-women-report/ on .