Subway Sandwiches, Utah's largest national fast-food retailer, announced the opening of three new stores this month, bringing its statewide total to 50 stores.

Construction is under way on a new store at 5550 W. 3500 South, the second store owned by Frank Hakim, and is expected to open Dec. 15.Bob and Renae McFarland have opened a store in Park City at 1650 Bonanza Drive in Prospector Square. The McFarlands have two other stores.

Kelly Williams and John Naylor plan to open a second shop at 1891 S. Redwood Road. Construction of the store will be completed Dec. 15.

"We are pleased with the growth Subway has experienced in the past month and expect three more stores to open before the end of the year. We feel our growth is related to the healthy fast-food alternative we offer to the health-conscious consumer. Our 26 franchisees are committed to the Subway concept and will continue to help us increase our presence in the state.