New Papa John’s franchisees enjoy Derby success

Hitesh Patel and Harry Singh experiencing strong demand since opening last month

Pizza delivery franchise Papa John’s has announced what it claims is another potential franchisee success story, after Hitesh Patel and Harry Singh opened the chain’s first outlet in Derby last month. Since the official opening of the Midlands outlet, the 26-year old duo, both with backgrounds in fast food, say they have immediately experienced strong demand – with the store already seeing hundreds of orders from customers. The Derby store is the first of a planned five to six Papa John’s outlets for the pair. Established in 1984, US-based Papa John’s now claims to have over 4,000 franchise outlets in 33 countries worldwide. The company says it is unique amongst branded pizza chains in using fresh dough in its ingredients. Last month Papa John’s franchisee Paul McDermott also opened an outlet in Prestwick as part of a ten-store development plan for Scotland. Franchisee Hitesh Patel commented: “We recognised that Papa John’s is a brand with a great reputation and one which is growing quickly. We were keen to purchase the franchise for Derby as it is a prime location and one which will attract both families and university students.  “There will also be plenty of room to expand the franchise in the future and we are looking forward to the exciting prospect of taking on new stores as we grow.”

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