Oct. 12, 2008
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Papa John's International Inc. is commemorating its 500th international restaurant with a grand opening celebration in Istanbul, Turkey. The opening also marks Papa John's 10th year in the international market.
The company recently announced a series of international development agreements, including 100 in Malaysia and an additional 56 restaurants in Canada. Papa John's now has signed development agreements for franchisees to open an additional 1,000-plus international units over the next eight to 10 years.
"Over the past couple of years we have had a concerted focus on our international operations, and have significantly ramped-up our development efforts," said David Flanery, Papa John's chief financial officer and head of the company's international division. "International development is the long-term growth engine for Papa John's, and we will continue to bring a better pizza experience to more and more consumers around the world."
As part of the celebration for the 10-year milestone, Papa John's will undertake an international sampling program over the coming weeks in which restaurants in most international markets will offer samples of the company's signature pizzas. The specific dates and details for the sampling program will be communicated in each market.