Franchisee plans further Scottish expansion for Papa John’s

Prestwick/Ayr store will be first of ten-store development plan for pizza franchise

Pizza franchise Papa John’s has announced the opening of a new Prestwick/Ayr store next week, as part of an ongoing Scottish expansion plan by franchisee Paul McDermott. The new outlet will be one of ten planned stores north of the border for the pizza delivery company. The Papa John’s franchise was established in 1984 in the USA and has grown to more than 4,000 outlets across 33 countries. The opening will coincide with the conclusion of Scottish Franchise Week, an event to promote and raise awareness of franchising in Scotland. Franchisee McDermott opened the first Scottish Papa John’s store in Rutherglen in October. He said: “I became curious about Papa John’s through my property company – I am also a happy Papa John’s customer. Papa John’s has a strong brand and a growing world-wide presence, and after some research, the opportunity to become part of Papa John’s expansion plans led me to buying my first outlet in Rutherglen last year. “As a businessman, I don’t have a background in fast-food and so I work closely with a Papa John’s development manager and experienced store managers to run the outlets on a day-to-day basis. We now employ 20 people in Rutherglen and will have a further 17 in Prestwick/Ayr. My plan is to expand and open ten stores in the region over the next five years.” Papa John’s has announced further franchise opportunities throughout the UK, including in Yorkshire, Manchester, West Midlands, East Midlands, South West, North East, Wales & Scotland. For further details visit


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