Papa John’s Plans for Scottish Expansion

Papa John’s have announced the launch of its new Prestwick store. The new opening coincides with the end of ‘Scottish Franchising Week’ on 5 May.

The official grand opening and an exceptional give-away of 200 free pizzas are taking place on 11 May. The Prestwick store is part of a ten store Scottish development plan being pushed forward by franchisee owner Paul McDermott, who opened his first Papa John’s in Rutherglen in October.

“I became curious about Papa Johns through my property company. I am also a happy Papa John’s customer and had already identified that the company had the best product in the market place. Papa John’s has a strong brand and a growing worldwide presence, and after some research, the opportunity to become part of Papa John’s expansion plans led me to buying my first outlet in Rutherglen last year.” Said McDermott.

Antony Round, Business Development Manager at Papa John’s said: “We now have outlets in 33 countries over the world. Expansion in Scotland represents an exciting opportunity for our rapidly growing brand and we are delighted to welcome Paul McDermott to our franchising network as an integral part of our expansion plans.”

McDermott added: “As a businessman, I don't have a background in fast-food and so I work closely with a Papa John’s development manager and experienced store managers to run the outlets on a day-to-day basis. We now employ 20 people in Rutherglen and will have a further 17 in Prestwick. My plan is to expand and open ten stores in the region over the next five years.”