Papa John’s has strengthened its property and franchise department with the appointments of two chartered surveyors to its head office team.


Stuart Yates has taken on the role of Acquisitions Manager for the UK, while Jonathan Mott has been appointed Construction and Development Manager. Both positions will involve supporting franchise owners in the opening of new stores.

These appointments follow the recent announcement that Papa John’s aims to open 25 stores by the end of the year, taking the total number of Papa John’s outlets to over 200 in the UK.

David Galvin, UK Franchise Sales Manager at Papa John’s, said: “We are proud to welcome two such experienced professionals to our team. Stuart Yeats’ area of responsibility is to secure new premises and arrange suitable leasehold agreements on behalf of our franchise owners while Jonathan Mott, will manage and coordinate the complete planning and fit out process of stores, up to the delivery to the new franchise owner.”

Yates previously spent four years as estates surveyor for William Hill the bookmakers and prior to that was a graduate surveyor for the civil service. He said: “Papa John’s is growing rapidly and I was impressed with enthusiasm of the team and keen to become a part of the overall success plan.”

Before joining Papa John’s, Mott spent six years at Colliers International – Papa John’s retained property consultants – and so understands how to address the challenges of Papa John’s construction and development business on behalf of its franchise owners. Mott added: “I will be managing this process from planning stage to completion in order that the hand-over to the new franchise owner goes as smoothly as possible. As the number of outlets grows, it is important that the head office team is in place to provide the right assistance at the right time to all our franchise owners, allowing them to get on with the day-to-day aspects of running their business.”

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