Papa John’s franchisee opens seventh store in seven months

Entrepreneur Dan Wilkinson ramp up pizza chain’s growth with new Leeds outlet

Pizza chain Papa John’s has demonstrated the growth potential of its franchise model after franchisee Dan Wilkinson has opened his seventh pizza store in as many months.

Wilkinson, an ex-army major, has now added Leeds to his expanding franchise portfolio which already includes two Papa John’s outlets in Aberdeen, two stores in Liverpool, and pizza outlets in Durham and Harrogate.

His success to date builds on the pizza brand’s “best ever” franchise incentives for 2014 which offers royalty breaks for new stores opening in Wales, the Midlands, the North East, the North West, and Scotland, before the end of 2014.

Established in 1984 in the US, Papa John’s is one of the largest pizza companies worldwide with 4,450 stores across the globe; 250 of which are based in the UK.

Its franchise packages range between £177,000 to £225,000 which also includes free equipment and marketing spend for entrepreneurs who open franchise stores before the end of the year.

Serial Papa John’s franchisee, Wilkinson, commented: “As well as a ‘bit of luck’ combined with the growing reputation of Papa John’s, I put my success so far down to people

“Papa John’s is currently at the perfect stage in its evolution to capitalise on opening stores in my region.

“As the company continues to grow and become ‘The Brand’ within the pizza delivery market, my goal is to open between 10-20 Papa John’s over the next few years. Our next opening campaign is already planned for Scotland so watch this space!”

Find out more about Papa John’s’ franchise opportunities here.


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