LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Papa John's International today announced the signing of a development
agreement to open over 100 restaurants in Madrid and the surrounding
area. PJ Espana Pizzerias S.L.., the master franchisee for this
agreement, which is a fully owned subsidiary of Drake Enterprises AG,
the same owner of the Papa John's franchisee in Chile, is set to open
its first unit during the second quarter of 2016.
"We are very excited to bring the Papa John's promise of ‘Better
Ingredients. Better Pizza' to customers in Spain," said Jose Maria
Fernandez, who will lead the operation for PJ Espana Pizzerias S.L. Papa
John's prides itself on quality and consistency, offering fresh,
hand-tossed dough, fresh-packed tomato sauce and real mozzarella cheese
to make a truly better pizza.
"The Papa John's brand continues to grow and we are pleased to extend
our growth with our successful franchisee from Chile into Spain," said
Tim O'Hern, Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer of Papa
John's International, Inc. "Not only do we look forward to introducing
Spaniards to our quality ingredients, but we also look forward to
creating more quality jobs across Spain. There is a huge opportunity to
create a meaningful impact to Spain's labor market."
The entry into Spain continues Papa John's strategy of business
development in Europe. Papa John's International has over 300
restaurants in the U.K. and has recently announced plans to open in
Northeastern France. 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 Super Bowl 50. 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,
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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
Mike Measells, 502-261-4519
President, International Business Development
Source: Papa John's International
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