Papa John’s Gains After Largest Franchise Deal for Rollout of 100 Stores

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By Dhirendra Tripathi – Papa John’s stock (NASDAQ:PZZA) rose 1.5% on Wednesday as the pizza chain signed the largest franchisee deal in its more than 36-year-old history.

Under the terms of the deal, Sun Holdings will oversee the opening of 100 new stores across Texas by 2029.

Dallas-based Sun Holdings supports more than 1,000 locations across 12 states. Papa John’s is the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company with more than 5,500 restaurants in 49 countries.

This is the second major development deal Papa John’s has announced this quarter. Under a deal announced on August 5, the company said Drake Food Service, its largest franchisee, will open over 220 Papa John’s restaurants by 2025. This includes more than 170 across Latin America, Spain and Portugal, where DFSI currently operates in excess of 280 locations.

As part of that agreement, DFSI plans to open 50 new restaurants in the U.K. over four years, where it recently purchased over 60 Papa John’s restaurants in London. As per the expanded deal, DFSI will operate more than 560 Papa John’s restaurants in total by 2025.

Papa John’s revenue in the first six months of the current financial year was $1.02 billion, up 18% from last year.

Papa John’s Gains After Largest Franchise Deal for Rollout of 100 Stores

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