Papa Murphy's International has announced its total U.S. systemwide sales grew to $702 million in 2011, up more than 10 percent from 2010. The take-and-bake chain ended the year with 1,300 locations.

Same-store sales were up more than 5 percent in 2011.

Additional highlights of 2011 include:

  • For the second consecutive year Papa Murphy's was the "No. 1 Rated Pizza Chain" on Zagat's annual Fast Food Survey.
  • Franchising agreements signed last year equate to more than 265 future stores and 30 new franchise entity groups. Papa Murphy's ended 2011 with more than 500 franchise owners in 37 states and two Canadian provinces.
  • Franchise owners again rewarded Papa Murphy's with strong satisfaction ratings in a survey conducted by Franchise Business Review.
  • Papa Murphy's added more than 800 employees throughout the chain as a result of new store openings. The company now includes more than 19,000 total team members.

Papa Murphy's CEO Ken Calwell sent an internal email to all employees and franchise owners thanking them for their hard work.

"Families are busier than ever before, and they look forward to coming together at the end of the day around a fresh baked Papa Murphy's pizza to relax and reconnect with each other. We have an amazing brand and product and so much opportunity for growth in 2012," he wrote.

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