Brand plans to bring not only Better Pizza, but also more job
opportunities to the region
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ:PZZA), celebrated the arrival of
its first restaurant in Kingersheim, France with a grand opening
ceremony on May 23rd. Master Franchisee Hassan Bouanaka
invited company representatives and local citizens to celebrate the
first of many Papa John's restaurants coming to the area.
"I have experienced the quality of Papa John's hand-tossed fresh,
never-frozen dough, fresh-packed tomatoes and quality cheese made with
mozzarella. I am excited to bring Papa John's pizza to France,"
said Hassan Bouanaka. "Papa John's will surely elevate the pizza
experience for the French."
The 34 year-old entrepreneur, Hassan Bouanaka has almost 18 years of
experience in the pizza industry. He started this journey as a pizza
delivery driver at age 16. Hassan continued to work hard, eventually
owning and managing seven points of sales in North France. With bigger
goals in mind, he decided to sell his restaurants and pursue a career as
a Papa John's Master Franchisee.
"Papa John's was built on quality, which is something that everyone
understands and appreciates. People know when they're getting quality
ingredients and that is why Papa John's pizza continues to expand into
new countries and territories," said Tim O'Hern, Senior Vice President &
Chief Development Officer. "In addition to bringing quality pizza to
France, we are excited to bring additional career opportunities to young
people in the area."
With almost one in four citizens under 25 looking for a job in France,
the expansion of Papa John's restaurants in this region has potential to
make a positive impact. Hassan has future plans to open over 30 stores
stretching from Besanҫon to Lille over the next decade. These stores
have the potential to create hundreds of jobs for young people in the
Northeast quarter of France.
The entry into France continues Papa John's expansion in Europe. Papa
John's International has over 300 restaurants in the U.K. In addition,
Papa John's recently opened its first restaurant in Madrid, Spain on May
9, 2016 and will be opening in the Netherlands in July 2016. Papa John's
International is currently looking for potential franchisees in other
areas of France, as well as Poland, Czech Republic and Belgium.
About Papa John's
Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John's International,
Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world's third-largest pizza delivery company.
For 14 of the past 16 years, consumers have rated Papa John's No. 1 in
customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American
Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Papa John's is the Official Pizza
Sponsor of the National Football League and the Official Pizza of Major
League Baseball. For more information about the company or to order
pizza online, visit Papa John's at www.papajohns.com.
Also visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PapaJohns,
Twitter at http://twitter.com/PapaJohns,
YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/papajohns,
Instagram at instagram.com/papajohns,
Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/papajohnspizza,
and Vine at vine.co/papajohns.
Looking to be a part of something Better? Learn more about franchising
with Papa John's at www.papajohns.com/franchise.
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Papa John's International, Inc.
Peter Collins, 502-261-4233
Director, Public Relations
Source: Papa John's International, Inc.
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