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Papa John's


Papa John's Pizza is the third largest take-out and delivery pizza restaurant chain in the United States, behind Pizza Hut and Domino's Pizza. It is based in Louisville, Kentucky. Papa John's slogan is "Better Ingredients. Better Pizza." Internationally, there are over 3,300 Papa John's establishments, including over 2,600 in the U.S. and more than 500 in over 30 other countries. The corporation credits its growth to great customer service, quality products, and menu simplicity, in contrast with other chains' focus on low prices. Fewer options in crust styles and side dishes simplify inventory management, meaning the focus could remain on quality. However, since the mid-1990s, Papa John's has followed the industry trend and greatly expanded its menu options, adding thin-crust, pan pizza, and whole wheat crust options (all available in one size only); "robusto", barbecue, and Alfredo sauces.

Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
Net worth required
$113,800 - $528,100
Franchise fee
Units in operation


Papa John's International, headquartered in Louisville, KY., is the world's third-largest pizza company, owning and franchising over 3,400 restaurants in all 50 states and 29 countries. For nine out of the last ten years, consumers have rated Papa John's #1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains and #1 seven out of the last ten years among all national Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) chains in the highly regarded American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

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