Fast food chains are taking their customers for a ride, with customers paying more than $1 for food at some fast food restaurants.
A new study from Food Network shows the hamburger chain Subway is the first fast food chain to offer free food at its locations in 2016.
Subway’s new $7 meal will be a $2.49 meal and can be enjoyed on a hot day or by the pool or at the bar.
The chain said it plans to roll out the free meal at locations in the United States in the coming months.
“The fast food industry is experiencing a rapid growth in fast food consumption.
In 2016, the fast food sector increased by 1.7 percent, according to the National Restaurant Association.
With this growth, Subway is providing customers a better experience at the restaurant,” said Matthew Sadoway, Subway’s CEO.
“We believe the fast casual concept of Subway is an exciting new addition to the restaurant industry and we look forward to serving more of it to our customers.”
Subway said it has partnered with the National Association of Realtors to help ensure customers receive free food when they order through the website or in person.
Sadoway said the restaurant chain was excited to partner with the Realtor.com and provide free food to all of its customers in the U.S. and overseas.
Sadowsay said in the past, fast food companies have not been as open to the idea of offering free food.
“We understand that for the fast-food industry, the concept of free food is new and it takes a lot of time to understand how customers can enjoy a free meal,” he said.
“However, our goal is to make it easy for customers to receive free meals on the Subway menu in their local locations.”