Papa John’s multi-unit franchisee smashes target for store openings

March 8, 2022

A new Papa John’s multi-unit franchisee team in the North West has smashed its target of opening six stores in its first year – and vowed to take on more projects following its early success with the brand.

Richard McElroy and Chris Makin recently opened a site in Leigh, Manchester, taking the number of new jobs they have created to 150.

The latest launch comes after a site they opened in Ormskirk last year became the 500th unit that Papa John’s operates in the UK.

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Mr McElrory said the duo are keen to expand: “Growing a business is exciting and, as part of that, being able to create more jobs in Manchester, in the communities we know and live, is an honour.

“For us, our people are the key ingredient in our recipe for success. We now look forward to welcoming many more recruits of all ages and backgrounds to our team as we develop our management structure and continue to add more stores in the region.”

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Amit Pancholi, UK director of business development at Papa John’s UK, said the company has experienced high growth in the past year.

“As an organisation we’ve opened double-digit stores across the UK, growing our brand presence both on the high street and also in non-traditional locations such as holiday resorts, leisure venues and more.

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“Richard and Chris have fully bought into our ethos and values, and we are proud to support them as they also continue to grow their portfolio of stores, bringing Papa John’s to even more customers wherever and whenever they want to enjoy their favourite pizza treat with family and friends.”

Papa John’s was founded in the USA in 1984 and boasts more than 5,000 stores in 40 international markets.


Source: Food Service Equipment Journal

Papa Johns Puts Hemp on the Menu in U.K. and Russia

February 17, 2022

Papa Johns has become the first global quick-service restaurant brand to put superfood hemp seeds on the menu, with the launch of its new limited-edition Hemp Sticks in two key markets.

Now available in the UK and Russia, the launch marks Papa Johns’ first major product innovation of 2022, as it seeks to further strengthen its ‘Better Ingredients. Better Pizza’ commitment to food superiority, a key component in last year’s rebrand announcement.

Handmade using Papa Johns’ fresh never frozen, six ingredient dough, the Russian Hemp Sticks recipe uses Papa Johns’ special garlic sauce and a sprinkle of shelled hemp seeds, while the UK recipe swaps special garlic sauce for garlic butter sauce and also includes mozzarella.

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In recent years, Gen Z and millennials have become the biggest purchasers of better-for-you foods, a trend which Papa Johns has responded to with its enhanced and award-winning plant-based, flexitarian and healthier choice menu options.

The new product launch is being supported via an integrated marketing campaign, in association with independent nutritionists and media personalities, to drive consumer trial of hemp seeds by debunking popular misconceptions.

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This latest campaign is also underpinned by new Woodstock-inspired creative to highlight that hemp is high in plant protein, vitamins and other nutrients.

PR, social media and paid media promotion will be deployed in both launch markets.

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PR will focus on demonstrating the euphoria of natural highs, executed as ‘highest’ food delivery stunts. The UK stunt stars TV daredevil turned plant-based chef, Matt Pritchard, abseiling down a cliff face to deliver the Hemp Sticks. In Russia, ‘roofer’ influencers, Angela Nikolau and Ivan Beerkus, will receive their delivery by drone, at the top of skyscraper.

Jo Blundell, VP of International Marketing at Papa Johns, says: “With the launch of Hemp Sticks, Papa Johns has become the first global [quick-service] brand to make superfood hemp available to all. Premium, innovative ingredients are the very core of our pizzas, so Hemp Sticks will offer pizza fans a new way to enjoy our iconic breadsticks and help to dispel some of the misunderstanding surrounding this 100% legal, delicious seed.”

Source: QSR Magazine

Papa John’s multi-unit franchisee sees portfolio approach 20 stores

September 6, 2021

One of Papa John’s multi-unit franchisees, Abid Hussain, has added three new stores to his portfolio which now sees him running almost 20 pizza outlets across the UK. Before joining Papa John’s in 2016, the franchisor said that Hussain worked in advertising and marketing in London and was also a consultant in a web firm.

Explaining his route to becoming a franchisee, Hussain said: “It was a friend who first introduced me to Papa John’s. I did my research and became a partner in my cousin’s Taunton store before purchasing that and becoming a franchisee. Since then, I haven’t looked back!

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“My goal is to continue to expand, bringing everyone’s favourite pizza treat to more and more families and friends to enjoy together in new locations, as soon as suitable sites become available.”

Amit Pancholi, UK director of business development at Papa John’s commented: “Abid’s commitment and work ethic and adherence to our core values is inspiring. With the support of his extended team, he has built a substantial multi-unit franchise operation. His hunger for success ensures his passion for great service, achieved by empowering his people, always delivers.

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“As a franchisor, we congratulate Abid on opening these new stores and will continue to work with him to support his future growth plans. We are always looking to welcome new franchisees who are keen to develop the asset of a multi-unit portfolio of franchised Papa John’s to run as clusters of stores, and we can help develop a long-term strategic vision for developing a successful partnership with us.

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“We also work with committed venues looking to add a new revenue stream by offering a top-quality, branded hot food offering to their existing customers. We have flexible format options to suit different business models from holiday parks to pubs to sports stadiums and beyond.”? The company added that those interested in running a Papa John’s franchise, incentives are on offer to open this summer.

Source: Franchise World

Papa John’s to expand franchise in the north west of England

May 11, 2021

Pizza chain Papa John’s is to open nine further restaurants under franchise in the north west of England with plans for an additional 20 in future.

The company, which has more than 450 sites in the UK, said the new openings will create more than 150 jobs with the first restaurant set to open in Middleton in Manchester.

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Papa John’s has signed a development deal with franchisees Richard McElroy, a former national operations director for Whitbread’s restaurant division, and Chris Makin, an entrepreneur with a background in manufacturing.

McElroy said: “We have huge confidence in the Papa John’s leadership team to support us as we grow. The constant pipeline of new and innovative menu choices is a is a recipe for success

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“We are recruiting locally, and our goal is to build an infrastructure of a size and scale which provides employment opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds in roles in HR, operations, customer service, plus our all-important delivery drivers.”

Papa John’s announced in January that it was seeking franchise partners to expand the brand into ‘non-traditional’ locations such as holiday parks, stadia and leisure centres.

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The company was founded in the United States in 1984 and now trades from more than 5,000 restaurants in more than 40 international markets.

By Sophie Witts

Source: The Caterer

Papa John’s introduces flexible franchising formats beyond the high street

January 26, 2021

Papa John’s has announced the introduction of some new flexible franchising formats for its pizza delivery and takeaway stores for 2021.

The company’s aim is to expand its reach beyond the established high street store by providing even more convenience for customers by opening in brand new locations such as stadiums, leisure attractions and other ‘non-traditional’ venues.

Justin Gilbert, director of business development at Papa John’s UK explains: “We are always challenging ourselves to do better. As Papa John’s grows in popularity, we want to ensure that our customers can relax and enjoy their favourite treat in even more locations which suit them.

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“Therefore, we are adding further flexible options relevant for a variety of operators who align with our brand values. They will already have a complementary business with an existing customer base and will be looking to add a quality hot food option through an established, proven global brand.

“Papa John’s has been able to provide a year-round revenue stream for the successful franchised outlets already located on holiday parks in the UK. For stadiums or other leisure venues, the attraction of Papa John’s can add to the proposition. One existing site even offers pizza parties for visitors. It’s all about how Papa John’s can add the valuable fun factor, enhancing customer experiences and making memories even more memorable.

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“Non-traditional franchised outlets generally have a slightly different business model compared to our high-street retail stores. They may be collection only or may have reduced or seasonal opening hours, have a pizza slice offer or a flexible menu. Just like our pizzas, we aim to ensure we have the right ingredients for everyone and so now, we can offer flexible franchise options to suit a bespoke development plan.

“This may be a franchise package which includes a fully fitted out store, a kiosk, modular unit, or a mobile kitchen. We are hungry for perfection and so by thinking differently and finding out what will make a great outcome, we work backwards to create innovative solutions that are great for our customers and franchisees. We are open to new ideas and look forward to working with operators who are committed to delivering to the communities they serve.”

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Papa John’s says that it provides help with location selection and offers a full turnkey opening of stores. The company has various opportunities available across the UK for both its new ‘non-traditional’ format and its multi-unit franchise.

Source: Franchise World

Pizza chain Papa John’s looking to open new Hartlepool branch

July 6, 2020

Pizza takeaway giant Papa John’s is looking to open a new Hartlepool branch.

The firm, which has more than 450 outlets nationwide, is searching for premises in the town and is holding virtual meetings with potential franchisees.

Phil Gaffer, the company’s United Kingdom franchise sales and business development manager, said: “We are particularly looking for franchisees to develop businesses in the North West, North East, Nottinghamshire and the South West.”

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Papa John’s, which is also earmarking Stockton for a new branch, is continuing to expand despite the coronavirus pandemic and said successful candidates would receive help in identifying and opening suitable premises.

Mr Gaffer added: “Our franchisee recruitment process is the same, yet we have needed to become ‘virtual’ for some elements.

“I usually start by speaking to potential franchisees over the phone, then they attend a discovery day where we meet in-person.

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“Normally, I’m on the road twice a week holding discovery meetings across the UK. Now we’ve launched weekly ‘virtual’ discovery meetings online.

“These one-to-one sessions are the first step in getting to know the candidate and for them to get to know Papa John’s.

“Many have tried Papa John’s and love the product and now these remote sessions are the chance to learn how the tried and tested franchise concept works.

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“They are an opportunity for both parties to ask questions to see if there could be a good fit for the future.

“I am also planning virtual regional recruitment events which will start to be held early in the summer too.”

By Gavin Ledwith

Source: Hartlepool Mail

Papa John’s invests in the future with store refresh

December 27, 2019

Papa John’s reports that it is investing in the future by introducing a new store refresh for all new outlets with a rebrand and update that is designed to appeal to its growing customer base.

Phil Gaffer, Papa John’s franchise sales and business development manager, said: “Leading brands are constantly evolving. Papa John’s ‘Better Ingredients. Better Pizza’ concept means we only use the finest, freshest ingredients to create a better pizza.

“However, this attention to detail and focus on quality also runs throughout our business processes and so naturally we are always looking for ways to improve our customer experience.

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“Papa John’s exciting new in-store refresh reflects our commitment to providing the best quality service and pizza on the high street. The new format is welcoming and tailored to each location using improved layouts, a modern palette, keywords and updated branding to make customers feel right at home while ordering and collecting.

“Already we are receiving great feedback from customers as gradually the new look gets rolled-out more widely to stores across the UK. For our franchisees who are investing in Papa John’s for the next 10-15 years, this is an important step and demonstrates our ongoing support for their franchised businesses as we continue to expand,” added Gaffer.

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One of the first stores to benefit from the rebranding is located in Margate, Kent, which is run by a multi-unit franchisee Manga Miles, who has three further outlets in the region.

Franchisee’s comments

Miles commenting on the store refresh, said: “Striving for better, through constant improvement is my motivation to keep on delivering Papa John’s top quality pizza. It was exciting opening one of the first new look stores. We took over the old Burger King site and completely refurbished the premises.

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“The town attracts many tourists in the summer season and, as well as local deliveries, it will be interesting to see how much more walk-in trade we draw in too. We may even look at putting a few chairs and tables out, so holidaymakers can enjoy their pizza fresh from the oven,” enthused Miles.

Papa John’s has more than 400 stores across the UK and has further opportunities for franchisees that are helped with site location and full turnkey store opening.

Source: Franchise World

Papa John’s franchisee has the right ingredients for success

October 2, 2019

Nazim Vadiwala joined Papa John’s as a franchisee in October 2018. Initially, he took over the Leith Walk store in Edinburgh.

Nazim who worked for a rival pizza firm for 10 years, now manages Leith Walk plus the Papa John’s in Whitley Bay on the North East coast, with the help of operations director Syed Salman and teams of local staff.

Nazim explains: “Syed and I worked together for many years and we often discussed the possibility of running our own business but frustratingly there was simply nowhere to go within the company we were employed by.

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“From our regular competitor checks we knew Papa John’s had an exceptional product and the company’s ‘BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA’ promise, which means only the finest ingredients and fresh dough – never frozen – are used to create the top-quality pizzas, really ‘goes down well’ with customers.

“We believed Papa John’s fantastic pizza combined with our industry experience plus our dedication and enthusiasm meant we had all the right ingredients to run our own successful pizza delivery store.

“We were delighted to gain funding from RBS last year, following the submission of a detailed business plan to buy a Papa John’s franchise. The Papa John’s team have been really supportive setting us up well to start and grow our business.

“I know, I can always phone Phil Gaffer, franchise sales and business development manager, at any time if I need any help and overall, the back-up and support provided has been second to none.

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“Since taking over Leith Walk, we have put our plans into action and worked hard to grow sales through marketing and providing the very best pizza and service to our customers. I’m delighted to report sales growth is right on target and up 20% in Leith Walk since takeover and 35% in Whitley Bay.

“With this summer tourist season well underway, Whitley Bay is beginning to show sales figures to rival some of the top selling stores in the UK!”

‘Hands-on’ in the business
Nazim continued: “I think it’s important to be ‘hands-on’ in the business, so I spend a lot of time in-store talking to customers and helping the staff. I might be creating a text promotional campaign one day, providing a helping hand to make pizzas or, delivering flyers if that’s what needs to be done. I love chatting to new customers and inviting them to come and try the best pizza in town!

“I’ve extended the opening hours of Whitley Bay which is paying dividends and in the busy summer season we will also open at lunch times too. To make a store successful it is important to follow Papa John’s guidelines and combine this with some great marketing and a team of well-trained, motivated staff to create a great customer experience overall.”

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Phil Gaffer, franchise sales and business development manager confirms: “We are often approached by employees from across the QSR industry exploring the possibility of running their own outlets.

“Since joining Papa John’s, Nazim has demonstrated the skills and drive to not only run a successful store but that he recognises the difference between operating a store and owning a business. Nazim has clearly shown that he has the foresight and passion to start building an asset of value and in doing so, create wealth for himself and his family, by investing in Papa John’s.

“I am always enthused by people like Nazim who have chosen the positive route to start building a successful business with Papa John’s and I look forward to supporting Nazim as he expands with more stores in the future. Where else other than Papa John’s in the QSR industry can a talented individual like Nazim realise his aspirations of owning his own business?”

Source: Franchise World

Pizza chain’s plans for new branch on Solihull shopping parade

September 3, 2019

Papa John’s Franchise UK. A major pizza chain has applied to open a new branch along Shirley’s main shopping parade.

Papa John’s has lodged an application with Solihull Council for a “change of use” to part of the retail unit at 122 Stratford Road, which is currently an off-licence.

The fast food outlet is also seeking approval for a number of changes to the premises, including the creation of a kitchen and new front desk area.

It is intended the takeaway would operate 10am-11pm from Sunday to Thursday, with opening hours stretching to midnight on a Friday and Saturday night.

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In paperwork submitted as part of the application, Papa John’s said that each of its outlets, most of which operated as part of a franchise agreement, could create up to 20 jobs.

At a licensing hearing earlier this year, some residents had raised concerns about the glut of takeaways based in Shirley town centre, which they claimed cause problems with litter.

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In response to wider fears about the number of eateries opening in some parts of the borough, several councillors have said they understand frustrations but argue that in the current climate it can be harder for more “traditional” businesses, such as greengrocers and florists.

The applicant argues that the unit is part of a row of 14 shops, of which only one other is currently used for hot food/takeaway.

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Papa John’s was originally set-up in the United States 35 years ago, but the chain has spread to other countries and it now has more than 300 stores across the UK.

The application will be considered by Solihull Council planners in the coming months.

By David Irwin

Source: Birmingham Mail

Papa John’s opens new franchise in Fife

April 25, 2019

Pizza restaurant giant Papa John’s has opened a new franchise in St Andrews.

The new restaurant can be found at Abbeyford Leisure’s St Andrews Holiday Park at Kinkell Braes, one of the most sought-after holiday locations on the east coast of Scotland.

They will also be delivering to residents in St Andrews.

One of the first people to sample one of the Papa John’s pizzas was local MSP Willie Rennie.

“The arrival of internationally renowned Papa John’s pizza in St Andrews is a fantastic addition to the town and will benefit local residents, students and visitors alike,” Mr Rennie said.

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“Abbeyford Leisure are transforming and modernising the park with the upgrade to their entertainment and food facilities and now Papa John’s.”

David J Evans, Abbeyford Leisure chairperson, said: “We were delighted when Papa John’s wanted to ‘play ball’. As big fans of the company’s top-quality fresh pizza, the result is a ‘hole in one’ and a combination which the whole family can enjoy.

“St Andrews is a busy town and we have plenty of parking so we will also be welcoming students and families in the region to drop by and pick up a takeaway while appreciating a view of the sea and perhaps musing about their golf score, while they wait for their pizza to be baked.”


Source: Fife Today