Papa John’s franchisee marches on to open seventh store in seven months

Papa John’s, has announced ex-army major, Dan Wilkinson, has marched on Leeds to open his seventh store in as many months. So far, Dan who joined the company as a franchisee at the end of last year, has taken over two Papa John’s in Aberdeen, two in Liverpool and opened new outlets in Durham, Harrogate and now Leeds.

“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,” confirms Wilkinson. “I aim to engender a culture of family amongst my staff and by being a great employer and looking after people, they want to give back. This means we are all moving in the same direction and this becomes a powerful force.

“The Papa John’s team have also been particularly supportive,” explains Wilkinson. “They are always on-hand to help us improve our marketing and operations and for example, recently arranged for me to be interviewed on You & Yours on Radio 4, which was a great opportunity to discuss how we are continually improving our customer service!

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

Currently Papa John’s is offering the following franchisee incentives: for new stores opening in Wales, The Midlands, North East, The North West and Scotland a royalty break is offered if opened before the end of 2014. Papa John’s is also supplying free equipment, plus contribution towards marketing spend for the store opening launch. The whole package could result in savings of 50k for your first Papa John’s store. These deals are only available for 2014 and are limited, so first come first served!

Papa John's is one of the largest pizza companies in the world, with more than 4,450 stores worldwide and is rapidly expanding in 36 markets around the globe. Papa John’s, which is renowned for its product quality, has opportunities for potential franchisees throughout the UK including the key locations of the South East, Yorkshire, Manchester, West Midlands, East Midlands, South West, North East, Wales & Scotland.