Papa John’s announce new Durham franchisee

Ex-army major plans to open 10 to 20 new stores in the next few years

Leading pizza delivery franchise Papa John’s has taken its market reach further with the opening of a new franchise outlet in Durham.

The North East outlet has been opened by new franchisee and ex-Army major Dan Wilkinson, who has also taken over two outlets in Liverpool.

The openings are part of an ambitious long-term plan by franchisee Wilkinson, who plans to open 10 to 20 stores across the north of England and Scotland over the next few years, with an upcoming store in Harrogate planned.

Commenting on the Durham opening, franchisee Dan Wilkinson said: “In my research, I discovered food franchises were a growth industry sector.

“I felt the fast food industry responds to the time pressures we all find ourselves under these days and would therefore continue to have mass market appeal in the future.

“However, the really big players were just too expensive and then I found out about Papa John’s. The company is at such an exciting stage in its evolution and is all set for growth and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Founded in the USA in 1984, Papa John’s now has more than 4,300 outlets worldwide in 34 markets across the globe.

The pizza franchise said it was continuing to look for additional franchise owners as it plans to further expand its reach across the UK.

For further information on becoming a franchisee click here.

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