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  • Greece is the word for Papa John's expansion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Papa John's International (Nasdaq: PZZA) announced March 5 it has expanded its concept to two new international markets.

According to a release, the first of multiple planned units in Greece opened in the seaport city of Patra in late February. It is run by franchisee Papa John's Hellas, S.A.

Another store in Aruba opened in February and is owned by franchisees Undina and Jessica Harms of Joy Pizza NV.

Papa John's opened its first international unit in Mexico City in 1998. Of the chain's 2,934 total units, 353 operate in several international markets including the UK, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Canada.

About two-thirds of the chain's international units came from its purchase of the UK-based Perfect Pizza chain a few years ago. Since then, about 25 percent of those stores have been converted to Papa John's units.

As of Feb. 23, Papa John's had 2,792 restaurants (590 company-owned and 2,202 franchised) operating in 49 states and 10 international markets. Papa John's also owns or franchises an additional 142 Perfect Pizza restaurants in the United Kingdom.

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