Papa John’s to close 43 sites as it looks to “invest in the right locations”

27th March 2024 | Jack Oliver

Papa John’s is set to close nearly a tenth of its 450 UK restaurants as it looks to invest in more profitable locations.

The pizza restaurant chain will close a total of 43 underperforming locations by mid-May, following a consultation programme.

Chris Phylactou, managing director at Papa John’s UK, said the move will allow the chain to invest “in the right locations with the right partners”.

The company recorded global sales of over £1bn in the final three months of 2023.

Phylactou added: “We are focused on driving shared profitable growth across our UK restaurants, by continuing to make improvements to our business to ensure that we are well positioned for the future.

“We have been encouraged by the results so far from these initiatives.”

He added that new openings in larger retail outlets will be announced in the coming months.

Papa John’s is set to close branches in the following locations:

  • Barnsley
  • Bebington
  • Bexhill
  • Billericay
  • Bromley
  • Coulsdon
  • Cricklewood
  • Darlington
  • Derby
  • Doncaster
  • Durham
  • East Dulwich
  • East Grinstead
  • Eastbourne
  • Hailsham
  • Harringay
  • Harrogate
  • Hendon
  • Horsham
  • Lancaster
  • Leeds – Meanwood
  • Liverpool – West

  • Middlesbrough
  • Mottingham (London)
  • Northwood Hills
  • Peacehaven
  • Peckham
  • Penge
  • Putney
  • Redhill
  • Rochdale
  • Rotherham
  • Ruislip
  • Runcorn
  • Scunthorpe
  • Sittingbourne
  • Southport
  • St Helens
  • Stoke Newington
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Upminster
  • Watford St Albans
  • Whitton
  • Wimbledon

Last year, Papa John’s acquired 91 UK sites from a franchisee operator and formed a portfolio of company-owned sites.


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