Papa John’s International, Inc. expands in Germany


LOUISVILLE, Ky .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA), in partnership with its franchise partner PJ Western Group, today announced its expansion into Germany, with the intention of opening 250 restaurants in the German market during over the next seven years. PJ Western Group, one of the largest global franchisees of Papa John’s in Central and Eastern Europe, has opened the first seven Papa John’s in Magdeburg and Leipzig and plans to open six more stores in Halle and Merseburg by the end of summer.

“We are delighted to expand our business further west into the heart of Europe,” said Christopher Wynne, CEO and Founder of the PJ Western Group, which currently operates 200 Papa John’s restaurants in addition to ten production facilities. of dough in Europe and Asia. “We are excited to bring great pizza and innovation to the German pizza market. ”

To accelerate this expansion in Germany, PJ Western is looking for new franchisees to join the Papa John’s family.

“More and more people around the world are discovering the BEST INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA.® promise from Papa John’s, thanks to the work of our partners like PJ Western Group, ”said Jack Swaysland, COO, International at Papa John’s. “This expansion in Germany follows a record year of sales and growth which has allowed Papa John’s to further accelerate its development in international markets. We are delighted to extend our partnership with PJ Western. Chris’ team has proven time and time again their ability to successfully develop new markets.

In May 2019, PJ Germany, in collaboration with PJ Western, acquired 13 existing locations from another pizzeria with plans to convert each location into a Papa John’s restaurant. The project was initially postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The company continues to focus on its rapid global development and is looking for potential franchisees in Brazil, Japan and Southeast Asia. Papa John’s is currently present in 50 international countries and territories around the world. In recent years, it has entered 12 new countries, including France, Spain, Tunisia, Iraq, the Netherlands, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Pakistan and Portugal.

About Papa John’s

Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) opened in 1984 with one goal in mind: BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA.® Papa John’s believes that the use of high quality ingredients results in superior quality pizzas. Its original paste is made from just six ingredients and is fresh, never frozen. Papa John’s garnishes his pizzas with real cheese made from mozzarella, pizza sauce made from vine-ripened tomatoes that go from vine to canning the same day, and meat without fillers. It was the first national pizza delivery chain to announce the removal of artificial flavors and synthetic colors from its entire food menu. Papa John’s is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, and is the third largest pizza delivery company in the world with more than 5,400 restaurants in 50 countries and territories. For more information about the Company or to order pizza online, visit or download the Papa John’s mobile app for iOS or Android.

PJ Western Group

PJ Western is one of the largest franchisees of Papa John’s in the world with operations in Central and Eastern Europe. It launched the Papa John’s brand in seven Central and Eastern European countries, where more than 250 Papa John’s restaurants have been opened. Current markets include Russia, Poland and now Germany, through its subsidiary PJ Germany. In addition to operating Papa John’s restaurants, the company has 10 pulp production plants in Europe and Asia. It was founded by Christopher Wynne in 2007. Wynne owns a controlling interest in PJ Western through his company Global Restaurant Management LLC (“GRM”). More information on PJ Western’s current crowdfunding efforts can be found at

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