Papa John's Franchise


We didn’t start our business in a boardroom. We started it in a broom
closet. Back in 1984, our Founder, John Schnatter (that’s Papa John to
you) sold his beloved muscle car to buy pizza‐making equipment. Armed
with only an oven and a love for making quality pizza, John opened the
very first Papa John’s in the crowded broom closet of his father’s
Over the years, this passion for making better pizza
informed every decision and pizza we made...because the last thing we
wanted to be was a pizza company. So instead of chopping vegetables with
machines, we chop them by hand every day. Instead of investing in
gimmicks, we invest in fresh ingredients. And we pile them high on our
fresh, never-frozen original dough.
Today, we’ve surrounded ourselves with like-minded people
with a passion for making better pizza, including franchisees,
suppliers, athletes, pizza makers, and farmers we’ve known for over 30
years. Like our friend Dino in California - "he grows the best tomatoes.
In the end, John’s desire to create a better pizza built more than a pizza company...he built a pizza family.

At Papa John's we have a simple formula for success: Focus on one thing and try to do it better than anyone else. By keeping the Papa John's menu simple, we are able to focus on the quality of our product by using only superior-quality ingredients. Our commitment to quality can be seen in all of our ingredients, from our fresh (never frozen) water-purified traditional dough, to our vine-ripened fresh-packed tomato sauce (which goes from the vine to the can in an average of six hours), to our cheese made with 100% mozzarella and many other premium ingredients.

The total investment necessary to begin operation of a standard Papa
John’s franchise is $130,120 to $844,420. This includes up to $73,920
that must be paid to the franchisor or its affiliate.
The total investment necessary to begin operation of a non-traditional Papa John’s
franchise is $26,500 to $388,920. This includes up to $56,420 that must
be paid to the franchisor or its affiliate.

Seeking new franchise units Worldwide.

Better Ingredients, Better Pizza.

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How much does it cost to open a Papa John's Franchise?

The investment required to open a Papa John's Franchise is between $26,500-$844,420. There is an initial franchise fee of $25,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Papa John's name.

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  • Term of Agreement:
    10 years

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When did the first Papa John's open? 1985
When did Papa John's start Franchising? 1986

United States: Nationwide

International: Worldwide

Expense In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee No No
Startup Costs No No
Equipment No No
Inventory No No
Accounts Receivable No No
Payroll No No

We provide initial training for the operator of 6-8 weeks. In addition, we continue to provide ongoing training for your operator and team.

Business Experience:
The prospective franchisee should have at least one partner with a successful business management background and one partner who qualifies as the Principal Operator. For single-unit development, an individual can apply to be both owner and Principal Operator. The Principal Operator must have prior general management experience relative to the number of units to be developed and must own or have the right to acquire at least 5% equity in the business within 12 months of hire date. A fully completed Request for Consideration Form and current resume must be submitted for each member of the proposed franchise group or the owner operator, including the proposed Principal Operator. Also, Papa John's will request supporting documentation from each proposed owner

Your income potential as a Papa John's Franchise entrepreneur depends vastly on many factors. As an entrepreneur, the goals to achieve are related to expanding sales while lowering your operation costs and increasing the quality of your products and or services. Each month your operating costs can include royalty fees, mortgage / rent, supplies for products, staffing, utilities, bookwork, stationary and other items. From one month to the next, you may find your costs fluctuate, but your up-front costs are, for the most part, fixed and they will cover most of the initial setup of equipment, signage and renovations.

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Papa John's

Papa John's

Papa John's International Inc.
2002 Papa John's Blvd.
Louisville, KY


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