Papa John's International


  • Papa John's International, Inc.
2002 Papa John's Blvd.
Louisville, KY 40299
  • (888) 255-7272
  • (502) 261-4799 (Fax)

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 35 countries. For 13 out of the last 15 years, consumers have rated Papa John's #1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the highly regarded American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

Franchisor Background

Year Established: 1985

Franchising Since: 1986

Operating Units

Franchised Units 3,891 86.7%
Company-Owned Units 598 13.3%
Total Operating Units 4,489 100%

Geographic Distribution

USA 3,201 71.3% In 50 States
Canada 85 1.9% In 7 Provinces
International 1,201 26.8% In 7 Foreign Countries
Total 4,487 100%

Multi-Unit Operators

Multi-Unit Operators N/A
Franchises Owned by Multi-Unit Operators N/A

North American Unit Density

Density Units
Florida 247
Texas 211
California 207

Registered in the following Registration States

(not registered in any registration states)

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Support and Training

General Information

IFA Member Yes
CFA Member No
Franchisee Association? Yes, is not a member
Size of Corporate Staff 13,990
Site Selection
Lease Negotiation Assistance No
Financial Assistance No

Marketing Support

Co-Op Advertising Yes
National Advertising Yes
Regional Advertising Yes
Local Advertising Yes

Ongoing Support

Central Data Processing Included
Central Purchasing Included
Field Operation Evaluation Included
Field Training Included
Initial Store Opening Included
Inventory Control Included
Franchisee Newsletter Included
Regional or National Meetings Included
800 Telephone Hotline Included


Papa John's University, Louisville, KY 1 Week
Mgmt. Training: Varied Location 5 Weeks
Mentoring; Varied Location Varies
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Financial Requirements


Minimum Net Worth $250K-2MM
Cash Investment Varies
Total Investment $129.9-644.2K
Average Total Investment $387K


Initial Franchise Fee $25K/Unit
Average Franchise Fee $25K
On-Going Royalty 5%
Average Royalty 5%
Advertising Fee 7%

Site Information and Requirements

Average Number of Full-Time Employees 8
Average Number of Part-Time Employees 18
Space Needs (in square feet) 1,200-1,500
Preferred Site Types Strip Center
Other Site Types Allowed Stand-alone; non-trad
Encourages Conversions N/A
Item 19 (Earnings Claim) Provided? No
Listed in the SBA Registry? No
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Franchisee Qualifications

Financial Net Worth 5
General Business Experience 5
Specific Industry Experience 4
Formal Education 3
Psychological Profile 4
Personal Interviews 5
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Terms of Contract

Term of Initial Contract 10
Term of Renewal Period 10
Passive Ownership? Allowed, but discouraged
Area Development
Yes, for 0 years
Franchisees Allowed to Expand Within Territory? Yes
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Expansion Plans

Projected New Units Over Next 12 Months 120
USA Yes, All United States
Canada Yes
Overseas Yes
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