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36. Papa John'€™s

Last Year's Rank: 36

Investment Range: $500K to $1 Million

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description


Papa John’s is the third-largest take-out and pizza delivery restaurant chain in the world, with over 4,900 restaurants worldwide in 39 countries.

The company currently has a variety of incentives for prospective franchisees, including the possible elimination of franchise fees. Papa John’s also offers franchisee loans for the purchase and development of new restaurants.

In 2010, Papa John’s partnered with the NFL to become the league’s official pizza sponsor. Papa John’s advertising often features founder and President Papa John Schnatter speaking alongside celebrities, such as franchisee and former Bronco’s quarterback Peyton Manning.

Company Statistics


Global Sales: $3,600,000,000

US Units: 3,331

International Units: 1,766

Total Units: 5,097

Percent Franchised: 85%

% International Units: 35%

US Franchised Units: 2,629

International Franchised Units: 1,724

Sales Growth %: 3.2%

Unit Growth %: 4.2%

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