Abdul Sattar Askar
Abdul Sattar Askar has big plans for his Papa John’s pizza franchise! He bought his first store in 2013 and ‘has never looked back’! Abdul is a true multi-unit entrepreneur with the future in his sights. He now runs several Papa John’s across the Home Counties, with plans to grow this to 50 stores across the region within the next 2 years.
Abdul explains: “I knew I wanted to be in the food business. I looked at several other companies before choosing Papa John’s. I was keen to be able to provide a top-class product with excellent customer service plus good value and that is what this franchise offers. I also needed to have the chance to expand and this is certainly possible with Papa John’s!”
‘…the best pizza on the high street’
“I was a regular customer of Papa John’s and it’s fair to say that it’s the best pizza on the high street, so by joining the brand as a franchisee means I am now part of how this fabulous product is created and delivered within our local communities every day. I believe the secret to my success is a mixture of several ingredients: hard work, determination, an excellent team, my supportive family plus help from the great Papa John’s team.
“My plan was always to own multiple stores as it strengthens the backbone of operations and local marketing. My stores are mainly located in the Home Counties and operating as a cluster is very cost-effective and increases the opportunities for my wonderful and hard-working staff too.”
The key to success
“Very early in my journey with Papa John’s, I realized that a solid structure is a key to success. I have store managers in all my outlets who are guided regularly by my area managers, while office staff take care of the admin side of our operation. I feel privileged and take it as an absolute blessing that I have a very supportive, reliable, capable and hands-on management team, so I have been able to take an active role in developing my business and the brand further in the Home Counties.
“To develop the best team of people and support network for the business is important. It’s very simple, if I don’t invest in my team’s training and staff in general, my business will fail. It’s particularly important to me that my team is well trained and have all the tools and skills at their disposal to develop and grow the business.”
Championing local community
“My staff in any given store are from the local community. It’s especially important for me that I’m able to give back to my community. We are always engaging with the community and looking for ways to help local charities with things like fundraising, for example.
“For me, it’s incredibly satisfying that I’m able to deliver an amazing food offering to our customers within our communities because our connections with the local customer base are so central to what we do. As a brand, it certainly feels that we have achieved this goal.
“My future with Papa John’s looks very bright and very much like pizza! We are currently on track to have 50 stores across the Home Counties within the next 2 years.”