Papa John’s franchisee to open 650 restaurants in India

Papa John’s International Inc. has announced a partnership with PJP Investments Group to open 650 restaurants in India by 2033, with the first scheduled to open in 2024 in Bangalore, according to a press release.

“Papa John’s global momentum continues, in partnership with seasoned, successful restaurant operators like PJP Investments,” Amanda Clark, Papa John’s chief international and development officer, said in the press release. “PJP Investments first partnered with Papa John’s to expand into the UAE in 2005. We are excited that their commitment to flawless execution of Papa John’s high standards is now being brought to India.”

PJP Investments Group, which currently operates more than 100 Papa John’s restaurants across the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, will open the first Papa John’s location in Iraq in 2024. PJP is among the first Papa John’s international franchisees to adopt a new, more modern design for international restaurants that is elevating the Papa John’s experience. The company is headed by CEO Tapan Vaidya.

“We are excited to bring the ‘Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.’ promise of Papa John’s to pizza lovers in India,” Vaidya said in the press release. “Building on the success of our partnership with Papa John’s in the Middle East, this expansion of the renowned brand in South Asia will introduce an enormous new customer base to the superior quality pizza that can come only from high-quality ingredients and our fresh, never-frozen original dough.”

PJP Investments plans to operate nearly 1,000 Papa John’s restaurants within the next 10 years.

Papa John’s operates more than 5,700 restaurants in 50 countries and territories.

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