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.”

By JAMIE CALLAGHAN

Source: Fife Today

Papa John’s franchise is recruiting

February 4, 2019

Papa John’s is a leading pizza franchise with well over 400 stores in the UK and over 5,000 stores in more than 40 international markets and territories. Since 1984, when Papa John’s first started out in the U.S., the company has recruited and worked successfully with hundreds of franchisees.

Naturally, we look for the very best candidates to work with us as franchisees. They become custodians of our brand so need to be motivated, enthusiastic, hard-working and want to be part of a growing team. They should share our values and outlook on providing a superior product and customer service.

Our franchisees come from all cultures and walks of life and their levels of experience and backgrounds can vary hugely. Yet, with the right attitude and correct and thorough training, plus a world-class service and product, all the ingredients are in place to create a successful franchised business.

Interpersonal and people skills are important, as franchisees deal with customers as well as lead a team on a daily basis. In addition to excellent written and spoken communication skills, the best franchisees are organisers with a can-do attitude – they are people who get things done. Franchisees need to be as dedicated and passionate as us and also able to adapt to a proven way of working. The desire to roll-up sleeves and get stuck in, which means everything from making pizza through to managing staff, also goes a long way!

Recruitment process
Therefore, our franchisee recruitment process is detailed and very much a two-way evaluation. First, we meet face-to-face, then suitable candidates are invited to an in-store experience day. The agenda is carefully designed for them to observe and learn about the culture and values of Papa John’s and also experience how one of our stores is run.

We minimise the numbers of people we invite to HQ to ensure they receive individual attention and importantly we can get to know them. It means they get a real taste for what has made Papa John’s so successful and what it really takes to run a franchised store.

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At each stage of the recruitment process the franchisee and our team at Papa John’s ensure everyone is keen to move forwards. By the time we get to the business planning and franchisee approval panel interview, everyone should have a very clear idea of what’s expected.

This meeting is the chance for the franchisee to present their business plan and show they have completed their own due diligence and homework, particularly on the financial aspect of their business.

Although we provide a business planning template all the work and research that goes into this plan must come from the franchisee. It’s the chance to shine and there is no limit to the research the candidate can undertake.

We want to give everyone a chance and the opportunity to shine. We are looking for capable and enthusiastic individuals who will go-on to become successful multi-store owners and so they must show initiative but be willing to work with us and take advice too.

As one of the largest pizza companies in the world, Papa John’s has opportunities for franchisees throughout the UK. Help is provided with location selection and full turn-key opening of stores. As a franchise, the company supplies all the assistance needed to get your successful Papa John’s up and running.

Source: Franchise World

Papa John’s is launching a vegan pizza due to popular demand

January 25, 2019

Any vegan who craves a bit of cheesy goodness in the form of a pizza will be delighted to know then Papa John’s is finally offering a non-dairy alternative.

The decision from the American pizza giant comes after heavy petitioning from those who want options suitable to their lifestyles.

A petition from last year amassed 29,000 signatures plus campaigning from animal rights organisation Animal Aid and vegan news website Vegan Food UK also put the pressure on the franchise to go vegan.

Papa John’s is one of the only notable pizza joints not to offer a plant-based option as competitors Pizza Express have a three-course vegan range as well as frozen options, as do Pizza Hut.

‘At Papa John’s, we are completely committed to our customers, and ensuring that we deliver better pizza with better ingredients,’ said a Papa John’s spokesperson.

‘We were pleased to see the positive response to the recent vegan cheese alternative petition, as this is currently an area that we are developing, and hoping to roll out in the not-so-distant future.

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‘We are thrilled to see that Papa John’s has reacted positively to our petition, and that they are looking to introduce a vegan cheese alternative very soon, said Tod Bradbury, Animal Aid Campaign Manager in a statement to Plant Based News.

‘We thank them for taking our comments and those of almost 30,000 others on board. By adding vegan cheese to their menu, Papa John’s will be showing that they are up to date with the fast-growing vegan movement.

‘They will appeal to a much wider audience – be they vegans, those wanting to try vegan food or indeed those who have allergies to dairy products.

We hope that Papa John’s decision not only has a positive effect on their sales, but also encourages other pizza chains and restaurants who have not yet introduced a vegan cheese to do so.’

Source: Metro

Papa John’s Proves Popular in Peterborough

January 1, 2019

Leading pizza franchise, Papa John’s, has opened a second store in Peterborough.

Following unprecedented customer demand, Papa John’s has got the city covered with its extra site, now open on Whittlesey Road, Stanground.

Phil Gaffer QFP, franchise sales and business development manager comments: “Pizza is certainly proving popular in Peterborough! To meet demand our franchised store manager has opened his second regional outlet to ensure the team can deliver to local customers more easily and quickly, offering an even better all-round customer dining experience for our pizza loving fans!

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“Fifteen new recruits have been hired and trained already, to help create and supply our top-quality pizza. “BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA.” is our famous concept which signifies we only use the freshest ingredients and dough – never frozen – for a better flavour. It means the very best pizza is always on the menu at Papa John’s.

“To mark the store opening and encourage new customers to drop-in, the Whittlesey Road store is running a buy-one-get-one-free special offer on collections for a limited time only,” confirms Gaffer. “With those cold nights drawing-in, why not treat yourself to a Papa John’s pizza night: it’s great fun for all the family!”

As one of the largest pizza companies in the world, Papa John’s has opportunities for franchisees throughout the UK. Help is provided with location selection and full turn-key opening of stores. As a franchise, the company supplies all the assistance needed to get your successful business up and running.

Source: Franchise Direct

Papa John’s pick out site for new Rotherham base

November 10, 2018

Leading pizza franchise, Papa John’s, has outlined proposals to take on an empty restaurant in Rotherham town centre that would deliver 20 new jobs.

As one of the largest pizza companies in the world, Kentucky-based Papa John’s has over 5,000 establishments, and operates a quality guarantee and commitment to making better pizza. With 400 units in the UK, where it has operated since 2001, the firm is expecting significant growth.

A planning application has been submitted that would enable the franchise to take on the premises at 16 Wellgate that have been empty since last year when it was used as the Taste of Madras restaurant. It was previously know as the Red Pepper Lounge.

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The plans, drawn up by agents at Sanderson Weatherall, are for a change of use from a restaurant (Use Class A3) to a hot food takeaway (Use Class A5) with internal and external alterations.

Internal alterations include installing a customer order and waiting area at the front of the premises, beyond which would be a kitchen, cold store, control hub (dispatch area), washing up area, WC and bin store area.

If approved, the new outlet could create 20 full time jobs.

Liz Williams, managing director of Papa John’s UK, said: “The UK offers the biggest market place for pizza sales outside the US and our region represents a huge opportunity for Papa John’s and our franchisees. Papa John’s stands out because the product is exceptional.”

Planning permission is sought for the takeaway to operate from 11:00am to 11:00pm Sunday to Thursday and Bank Holidays and from 11:00am to 01:00am on Fridays and Saturdays.

The plans state that: “As most orders are for home delivery and in view of the peak business hours, it is not expected that the proposed change of use would have an adverse impact on the operation of the local road network or highway safety.”

Source: Roth Biz

Papa John’s multi-unit franchise success

October 4, 2018

This summer Papa John’s celebrated opening its 400th UK store. Since Papa John’s was founded in the U.S. in 1984, over 5,000 stores in more than 40 international markets and territories have been set-up. Many of these are run by multi-unit franchisees.

The attraction of running more than one Papa John’s is clear: more stores offer franchisees the chance to develop an ever-growing income stream. Franchisees can draw revenue from several stores to produce a healthy profit while also re-investing, to build a portfolio of assets. For this reason, many of our franchisees have more than one outlet, some ambitious franchisees in the UK run up to 20 stores.

For several years, Papa John’s has encouraged successful franchisees to invest in multiple stores with incentives – for example franchisees only need to put in 30 per cent cash up-front. Then the income generated by the new store is used to fund the next outlet and the next, while the capital is maintained.

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The prospects I speak with get excited about running multiple stores. The financial return for having multi-stores can, along with the crucial ingredient of ‘hard work’, provide a six-figure income.

There are certain economies of scale to be gained when opening multiple stores too. Firstly, the learning curve becomes less steep with each outlet that opens, as processes are better understood and executed. Staff recruitment and training becomes more straightforward the more people who are taken on.

Advertising costs for personnel can be reduced by using less page inserts for multiple regionally based outlets. Similarly, experienced staff can move to a new store opening nearby to help new recruits hit the ground running, once the opening date is set.

Buying resources spread across multiple units can help minimise costs too. From stationery to toiletries, bulk buying can offer cost-savings across the board compared to running just one outlet.

Franchisee, Sukhbir Gill, worked at a rival pizza firm for eight years prior to joining Papa John’s. Along with his business partner Lakhwinder Singh, Sukhbir now runs five Papa John’s including Skegness, plus his most recent opening in Sunderland.

Opportunities for expansion
Sukhbir explains: “The Papa John’s franchise was attractive because it is growing so rapidly and so there are many opportunities for expansion. Papa John’s head office staff have been particularly supportive.

“The whole team is motivated and they have been able to provide some very good incentives to help us grow our portfolio of stores to five in a very short space of time. These incentives include royalty reductions and deals on equipment, plus help with marketing to ensure we tasted success quickly.

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“Over the holiday season our Skegness store really picked up in terms of sales, which is really exciting and is a great sign for the future of our business.

“For Sunderland, which is a big university town, we also anticipate a thriving enterprise. Our grand opening created a lot of interest and we aim to keep up the momentum with some very special offers to keep customers coming back for more.”

Demonstrating our commitment to working in partnership with our franchisees to help them grow, Papa John’s proactively supports franchisees financially, plus offers incentives to help expansion.

Papa John’s is one of the largest pizza companies in the world and has opportunities for franchisees throughout the UK. Help is provided with location selection and full turnkey opening of stores. As a franchise, the company supplies all the assistance needed to get your successful Papa John’s up and running.

Source: Franchise World

Papa John’s appoints new UK Managing Director

September 27, 2018

Leading pizza franchise, Papa John’s, has announced the appointment of its new UK managing director: Liz Williams.

Williams, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the food industry, will now be responsible for UK operations including overseeing the success of the Company’s network of more than 400 franchised stores throughout the country.

Liz Williams, managing director, Papa John’s UK explains: “The UK offers the biggest market place for pizza sales outside the US and our region represents a huge opportunity for Papa John’s and our franchisees.  Papa John’s stands out because the product is exceptional.  However, the Company’s: “BETTER INGREDIENTS.  BETTER PIZZA.” concept is only part of the story.  Our franchisees and their staff are highly trained and skilled in working with fresh dough and quality ingredients like our unique tomato sauce made from the best Californian tomatoes, to create the finest pizzas on the high street and we need to be even better at putting that message across to consumers to grow sales.

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“However, what works for our American operation and customers is not necessarily what works in the UK,” continues Williams.  “My new role will see the UK taking complete autonomy to drive the agenda for further regional expansion, based on extensive customer and franchisee feedback.

“One of the first projects I’ve embarked on since joining Papa John’s is a listening tour of the UK,” confirms Williams.  “I’ve been talking to franchisees to uncover their challenges and listening to customers to see how we can become even better.  From helping franchisees increase sales through innovative product development based on thorough customer research, to making the most of Papa John’s purchasing power to drive down costs, I will be using the information to review and further improve our operations and franchisee returns across the board.

“It is an exciting time for the Papa John’s family and we will be developing our culture of listening to generate even more ideas from franchisees, staff and customers alike to grow our market share, all with consumer satisfaction and loyalty firmly front-of-mind.  I’m also aiming to introduce a little bit more fun to the brand too, so watch this space!  We will reward entrepreneurial spirit which will be motivating for staff plus help us appeal to a younger demographic – the future of our customer base over the long-term.”

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Before joining Papa John’s Liz Williams was CEO for restaurant brand Whyte & Brown Ltd and prior to that, director general manager of Greene King PLC’s Loch Fyne Restaurants for six years.  Williams’ extensive experience also includes time as managing director for Clapham House Group’s, The Real Greek and operations project manager at Pizza Hut (UK) Ltd.

As one of the largest pizza companies in the world, Papa John’s has opportunities for franchisees throughout the UK.  Help is provided with location selection and full turn-key opening of stores.  As a franchise, the Company supplies all the assistance needed to get your successful Papa John’s up and running.

Source: Hospitality and Catering News

President of major Papa John’s franchise organization: ‘It is time for the founder to move on’

August 12, 2018

A major Papa John’s franchisee group on Friday publicly urged the chain’s founder, John Schnatter, to move on from the company, as it continues to be rocked by the events following his use of the N-word on a conference call.

Schnatter, who owns nearly 30 percent of the company, gave up his post as chairman in July after his use of the term came to light. That followed his resignation from the CEO role in December, after he provoked public outrage by blaming weak pizza sales on “poor leadership” by the NFL amid players kneeling during the national anthem.

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The chain’s founder has since been locked in a bitter feud with the company, accusing the board of staging a coup and mismanagement. The pizza chain has fallen behind competitors like Domino’s in terms of technology and product innovation.

Vaughn Frey, president of the Papa John’s Franchise Association, said in a news release provided by Papa John’s: “We believe it is time for the founder to move on. (Current Papa John’s CEO Steve Ritchie) is pursuing the right initiatives to reinvigorate growth and recognizes the importance of working together to move forward successfully.”

Frey’s franchise association represents roughly half of the North American franchise system, a Papa John’s spokesperson told CNBC.

Frey’s statements came as Papa John’s announced it is offering a franchisee assistance program in the manner of reduced royalties, fees and pricing on food-service products like dough, to help buffer falls in sales. The company has been facing declining sales since before the uproar surrounding Schnatter, but that trend has accelerated since.

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Papa John’s earlier this week lowered its outlook for comparable stores growth, saying it now expects them to fall between 7 percent and 10 percent this year, up from a maximum of 3 percent it had previously forecast.

It also said same-store sales between July 2 and July 29 were down about 10.5 percent, which Ritchie blamed on the public outcry surrounding Schnatter’s remarks.

Schnatter told CNBC through a spokesperson Friday night that “history shows that the company performs better with me involved, and it declines when I step away … I am not going away and will continue to fight to do what’s best for the Company and its employees, franchisees, shareholders and customers.”

Papa John’s franchise advisory council, which represents all franchisees, also came out in support of the cost-relief program.

Meanwhile, analysts at financial services firm Stephens this week wrote, “While we have been vocal in wanting to see more in the way of innovative value messaging and traffic driving initiatives, we feel strongly that an aggressive focus on the company’s new initiatives (particularly brand, value, and technology) present a much greater chance for success vs. remaining tethered to Mr. Schnatter’s image.”

“We would also note that we believe this opinion is overwhelmingly shared by the investment community,” the analysts added.

Source: Cambridge Independent