FRANCHISING | Staff Reporter, UK

Papa John's opens two further sites

Papa John’s is actively recruiting for franchisees to join the team.

Papa John’s, has announced franchisee and former mechanical engineer, Siddhartha Chirumamilla (Sid), has opened two more stores. Falkirk north-east of Glasgow and Billericay in Essex bring Chirumamilla’s total Papa John’s portfolio to 11 and he has plans to open more before the end of the year.

He said, “I first experienced Papa John’s when I was a student delivery driver! I went on to work in mechanical engineering but always wanted to run my own business. I bought my first franchised Papa John’s with the help of a HSBC loan five years ago and the business grew rapidly. My role has changed dramatically over the years from being a pizza delivery driver to now overseeing my own operation. These days, most of my work is currently involved with handling the new openings, while my managers run each individual Papa John’s. I have an experienced business partner: Vamsi Atluri, who runs my multiple Scottish based outlets and the rest are in the South East of England.”

Phil Gaffer, QFP, Papa John’s franchise sales and business development manager added, “We are seeing a growing trend for our franchisees to run multiple operations. There are advantages of economies of scale by running more than one outlet as it offers the chance for expansion using a formula that franchisees know works well. Once a franchisee becomes confident in managing one store, we can help them apply that knowledge to open multiple outlets if they wish. We are also able to offer some great incentive deals to help ambitious franchisees expand in this way.”

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