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Papa John's (US) Partnership to Open 220 International Locations

09 Aug 2021 - Papa John's, the third largest pizza delivery chain in the U.S., plans to open 220 international locations by 2025 through a partnership with its largest franchisee, Drake Food Service International, according to a press release.

The expansion includes more than 170 locations across Latin America, Spain and Portugal, where DFSI operates more than 280 restaurants.

"This growth of our partnership with Papa John's will accelerate our efforts to deliver on our ambitious business goals, through opening new restaurants and inviting new subfranchisees to join us and grow our base of passionate Papa John's customers around the world," Ignacio Astete, DFSI CEO, said in the release. "Our leadership in operational excellence and technology, coupled with our commitment to the creation of shared value, combined with the love that Papa John's has built for its brand among people across the world, has created a foundation for continuing our joint success into the future."

As part of the agreement, DFSI will open 50 restaurants in the U.K. in the next four years, where it recently purchased over 60 Papa John's restaurants in London, making it the brand's largest franchisee in the country. Under the terms of this expanded partnership, DFSI will operate more than 560 Papa John's restaurants by 2025, according to the release.

"As a master franchisee of Papa John's, DFSI has proven to be a valued and strategic partner in accelerating our development in international markets," Jack Swaysland, COO, International, Papa John's said in the release. "Together with DFSI — now our largest franchisee in the U.K. — we look forward to introducing new customers to the better ingredients. Better pizza, promise of Papa John's."

DFSI began operating Papa John's restaurants in 2015 and has managed the growth of the brand in several of Papa John's highest-performing international markets, including Chile.

In September of 2020, Papa John's opened an international headquarters in the U.K. to accelerate its strategy for international development, streamline operations and facilitate greater collaboration among teams to better support franchises around the globe. Papa John's is in 49 international countries and territories. In recent years, the franchise has entered 11 new countries, including Spain, Portugal, Germany, Cambodia, the Netherlands, Pakistan, France, Tunisia, Iraq, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Poland.

Papa John's opened in 1984 and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. The franchise has grown to more than 5,500 restaurants in 49 countries and territories. DFSI started operations in Chile in 2015 by acquiring 32 Papa John's restaurants and by the close of 2021 is expected to manage 381 restaurants in seven countries.