Papa Johns

Papa Johns

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2022 Franchise 500 Rank
#77 Ranked #127 last year
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Initial investment
$198K - $744K
Units as of 2022
5,650 5.7% over 3 years

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Papa Johns franchise.

Papa John's has all you could 'knead' for your pizza dreams to be fulfilled!

Founded in 1985, Papa John’s has grown into one of the largest pizza delivery companies worldwide. The franchise believes that everyone deserves better pizzas and strives to create quality pizza creations in more than 5,000 stores around the globe. Over 2,500 of their franchises are located in the United States, with upwards of 2,000 locations internationally. Thanks to sponsorship as well as extensive radio and TV advertising, the brand is now recognized worldwide.

Each Papa John's franchise creates well-crusted original pizzas using fresh dough and olive oil. They strive to only use the finest ingredients. The dough is hand-tossed and coated with virgin olive oil, and afterward, the pizzas are filled with extra toppings, including a vine-ripened tomato signature sauce.

As a franchisee, you’ll prepare quality pizzas and ensure they reach the customers quickly using the franchise’s efficient delivery system. This involves monitoring the schedule of delivery personnel and tracking delivery times.

Why You May Want to Start a Papa John's Franchise

Running your own Papa John's franchise may mean you’ll satisfy both your passion for baking and giving back to the community.

Pizzas are almost always on demand, so you may enjoy solid business year-round.

Company resources include a team of operations specialists, regional marketing directors, and franchise business directors that analyze every aspect of your franchise from the inside out. Access to these resources may help to keep supply chain costs fairly low, potentially leading to a better franchise for you.

What Might Make a Papa John's Franchise a Good Choice?

To be part of the Papa John's team, you should make sure you’re financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. It is also important to be prepared for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements.

Other qualifiers to open a Papa John’s franchise may include a business management background, at least one partner, and close proximity to your preferred location. While opening a Papa John's franchise entails fairly upfront costs, it’s still a significant investment that you should prepare for. This may include speaking to an attorney or financial advisor to ensure that you are financially sound enough to open a Papa John’s franchise. 

How To Open a Papa John's Franchise

To get started with a Papa John's franchise, submit an inquiry form. If you are seen as a good fit, the brand may contact you to discuss the next steps in the process.

Before making any financial commitment or signing an agreement, you must perform your due diligence and establish if this is the right opportunity for you. Speak to existing franchisees and ask questions directed to the Papa John's team. If your net worth and available liquid capital match the brand’s requirements, you may qualify to open a Papa John's franchise, and you can get started with an initial investment and relevant training.

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Company Overview

About Papa Johns

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Parent Company
Papa John's Inc.
Rob Lynch, CEO

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1986 (36 years)
# of employees at HQ
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.

This company is seeking new franchisees worldwide.

# of Units
5,650 (as of 2022)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
2002 Papa John's Blvd.
Louisville, KY 40299

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Papa Johns franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
Initial Investment
$198,130 - $743,930
Net Worth Requirement
Cash Requirement
Royalty Fee
Ad Royalty Fee
Term of Agreement
10 years
Is franchise term renewable?
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Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing
Papa Johns has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
239 hours
Classroom Training
75 hours
Additional Training
At company-owned restaurant
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App


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Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Stock History for Papa Johns

Ticker Symbol for Papa Johns: PZZA

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Updated: February 8th, 2021