Papa John's opens 1st Kyrgyzstan restaurant
Papa John's is continuing its push into central Asia with the Feb. 8 opening of a restaurant in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan — the chain's first location in that country. The opening increases the brand's global footprint to 45 countries, a news release said.
Papa John's franchisee PJ Western plans to open six restaurants in the Kyrgyzstan market, in addition to 147 outlets the franchise already operates in Russia, Belarus and Poland. A second Bishkek restaurant is set to open in early March.
"PJ Western continues to be one of Papa John's fastest-growing franchise groups and we look forward to their continued success in the region," Papa John's Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Tim O'Hern said in the release.
Papa John's International is currently seeking franchisees in Paris, France, as well as Belgium and Denmark. The chain said it is now the world's third-largest pizza delivery company.