1

I've read a few answers but they all have answers that have broken links or outdated info.

I need to find a way to get very basic information about businesses in the United States. For example, let's say I want to get a list of all Subway restaurants in the USA. I need their address, city, state, zip, and phone number.

At first I thought about using Google Places API for that, but they don't really allow anything on a mass scale like that.

Is there anywhere this data can be accessed for free? I could always create custom crawler to crawl their public restaurant locator tool, but since I need this information from hundreds of businesses, it would take a very long time and would be a maintenance nightmare since they change their websites or restaurant locator tools often.

This all seems like public information but I guess the question is whether it's available anywhere to be accessed easily.

1

OpenCorporates is the only open database of companies in the world that I am aware. They provide addresses and other data. Not sure if they have phone numbers. But I guess it is the best free, open option you have.

For example, here you can find all companies with the keyword Subways. You can filter it bases on the countries and states you want. Then download it as XML or JSON.

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.