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40. Papa John's

Last Year's Rank: 35

Investment Range: $130,120 - $844,420

Initial Franchise Fee: $25,000

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description

Papa John’s is one of the largest take-out and pizza delivery restaurant chains in the world, with restaurants throughout Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Founded in Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1984, Papa John’s is named after its creator John Schnatter. Papa John’s was the first pizza chain to offer national online ordering across all locations, and is known for using core ingredients without MSG, hydrogenated oils or cellulose.

Although no longer the official pizza of the National Football League, the chain still has team partnerships with various NFL franchises.

Company Statistics

Global Sales: $3,655,000,000

US Units: 3,199

International Units: 2,104

Total Units: 5,303

Percent Franchised: 88%

% International Units: 40%

US Franchised Units: 2,554

International Franchised Units: 2,104

Sales Growth %: -6.3%

Unit Growth %: 2.0%

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