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Standalone store for Papa

Papa John’s Pizza has opened its flagship standalone restaurant in Dubai, as part of a major five-year expansion program.

Papa John’s Pizza has opened its flagship standalone restaurant in Dubai as part of a major five-year expansion programme.

Founded in 1983, Papa John’s entered into a partnership with Jawad Business Group to develop the brand in Bahrain, the UAE, Oman and Qatar. The US pizza chain is now hoping to open 50 restaurants across the Middle East, as well as 500 stores in India.

“Today, Papa John’s has almost 40 outlets in the Middle East, and we believe this market will continue its rapid expansion and become an important part of Papa John’s international business,” said Nigel Travis, CEO & president, Papa John’s Pizza.

Located on Oud Metha Road in Dubai, the outlet has seating for 80 diners, with its menu including cheese sticks, chicken strips, breadsticks and chicken wings, as well as extra dishes to suit the local market, including Arabian pizza with chicken shawarma.

Although this is the company’s first standalone restaurant in Dubai, Papa John’s Pizza opened its first store in the emirate last year in the East Side Food Court at the Mall of the Emirates.

Rated number one in the American Customer Satisfaction Index last year, the company hopes to emanate a similar business model in the Middle East region, with a strong emphasis on its delivery service.

“I would like to bring in online ordering, as a very large percentage of our US orders come through this channel. We will also be introducing limited time offers and additions to the menu alongside the usual menu, including a wide range of pizzas,” commented Travis.

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