Papa John’s further extends its reach with latest pizza chain opening in Carlisle

Incentives give bodybuilder extra weight to open the franchise’s furthest north store in England

Pizza delivery chain Papa John’s has further extended its reach with the opening of its latest store – its furthest north store in England. Former power lifter Richard Goddard opened the Papa John’s store in Carlisle as part of the franchisor’s ‘Enterprise Development’ incentive.

The brand’s incentive programme offers new stores opened in 2014 royalty breaks as well as free equipment and marketing support. The incentives, worth up to £50,000, are offered to new stores in Wales, The Midlands, North East and West, and Scotland and are operated on a first come basis.

The former world champion bodybuilder worked in IT prior to opening the franchise, which has a staff of 20 and is located six miles outside the Scottish border. Goddard, who has lived in Carlisle most of his life, believes the 40,000 household makes it an ideal location for success.

Goddard emphasises that wanting a change and the power of the Papa John’s brand was the reason for choosing the Pizzeria – but admits that the incentive was a nice bonus:

“I was looking for a change.  The Papa John’s product is fantastic and I respect the power of the brand, this is what first attracted me to the franchise.

“My mind was already made up so the financial incentive that Papa John’s offered was such a bonus. I am already looking forward to the future and perhaps really lifting the potential of the franchise by opening more stores with Papa John’s help.”

If you are interested in joining the franchise, average costs fall between £177,000 and £225,000 (excluding VAT and freehold, and of which £70,000 should be liquid funds).

For more information have a look at the company’s website here.

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