Fast Food Franchises

Papa John’s Franchise

Papa John’s is a pizza delivery franchise that offers a wide range of tasty pizzas.

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Funding support

Assistance available
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Franchise Fees

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Level of expertise

Beginner to Senior

About Papa John’s

Papa John’s was founded in the USA in 1984. As one of the most recognised pizza delivery brands in the world, it has over 5,300 stores in more than 40 international markets and territories. What’s more is that the brand has 450 stores across the UK. Its franchise offering is highly attractive and one that you don’t want to miss out on. So, don’t hesitate to see what they have to offer below.

What They Offer

Papa John’s is a pizza delivery franchise that offers a wide range of tasty pizzas. In addition to the high quality ingredients they use to create their unique pizzas, they also constantly innovate and have even added a vegan range of pizzas to their offering. But what’s more impressive is that the brand doesn’t only have a presence in high footfall venues. In fact, Papa John’s outlets have also been installed in football stadiums, holiday resorts and even within a pub.

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The Franchise Offering

Some of the brand’s core values include being people-first. This means that they place a strong emphasis on both their customers and their team members. This leads to the second core value, which is that everyone belongs. As a result, the brand believes in diversity, equity, inclusion and teamwork. Furthermore, the brand believes in doing the right thing through integrity and character for a better community. They also place a strong focus on innovating to win by thinking differently and leading change. Finally, all this combined is done in the spirit of having fun.

The franchise offering and business model is a flexible one, and it enables franchisees to generate new revenue streams while providing superb pizza to their customers. 

As a Papa John’s franchisee, you’ll be able to take advantage of their established and proven global brand. In addition to this, the franchise model is robust as well as tried and tested and it has a great profit potential. The current opportunity on offer is gaining access to a multi-store, flexible format operation in the quick service restaurant (QSR) marketplace, where you’ll be serving high quality, innovative and great tasting products. But perhaps most importantly is the fact that you’ll be able to benefit from world-class franchise support and business consulting on your route to becoming a Papa John’s franchisee. 

Who Are They Looking For?

Since the creation of the Papa John’s brand, the business and the team members behind it have developed and refined their recruitment process that determines whether the Papa John’s business opportunity is suitable for both parties to work in partnership with each other. As a result, it’s crucial that you’re a business leader who can stand the heat in the kitchen. Other crucial personal and professional characteristics and experience that you should possess include:

  • Being passionate about providing a great service by empowering people
  • Have multi-unit QSR, retail and F&B hospitality/food experience
  • Have the minimum capital that’s required in order to invest in the business
  • Ability to develop a multi-store operation over a set period, and
  • Ability to use the organisational structure to support and operate a cluster of stores spread across towns, cities or existing locations.

You also need to have the ability and willingness to stay on track with the brand’s strategic vision over the long term for developing a successful partnership.

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The Cost

A Papa John’s franchise will cost you in the region of £185,000 to £225,000 + VAT. Bear in mind, however, that the potential for profitability is high.


If you don’t have the required funding at hand but you’d like to invest in a Papa John’s franchise, you can always approach a lender for support. In many cases, the chances are that you’ll be able to secure up to 70% of your capital requirements by speaking to a lender. The reason behind this is that lenders typically look at franchises as a more viable, stable option that can quickly produce the desired returns as opposed to an independent startup. However, you will need to create a business plan and submit it and also be aware of the fact that the lenders will also examine your creditworthiness as well as income levels to evaluate whether you’ll be able to secure the funding or not. As a result, lending is a great option to consider, although you should bear in mind that it will be subject to status and each individual’s particular circumstances.

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Training and Support

Becoming a Papa John’s franchisee is an exciting opportunity to get into the QSR industry. And the brand has ensured that all franchisees are fully empowered to begin their journey in the most effective way to ensure profitability. As a franchisee, you’ll be able to take advantage of world-class training while also taking advantage of a full, turnkey solution when opening your store. You’ll get help in finding the right site in the right location and also get help in overseeing the construction of your own Papa John’s outlet for long-term prosperity. 

For new franchisees, you will undergo an intensive six-week management training programme, which requires that you learn both the hands-on skills needed and the theory behind Papa John’s processes. The training programme schedule is divided into spending time in a Papa John’s store, online or at their Quality Control Centre (QCC), which is located in Milton Keynes. Once you graduate, you’ll be ready to continue along on your journey and open a store. But the initial training is not where it ends.

For example, you’ll have access to the op’s excellence team to provide on-site training and operating support before, during and after the opening of your first and second store. This team is responsible for creating the tools and materials for the training and development of franchisees, store managers and team members. The training includes orientation for new team members, in-store and delivery training, core management skills training and new product or programme implementation. You’ll also get additional support on an as-needed basis. 

In addition, you will be allocated a Franchise Business Manager (FBM), who is an experienced operator, and who will be available to offer business and operational support on an ongoing basis.

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Next Steps

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