Leading pizza franchise, Papa John’s, has announced Reza Tohidi has taken over the Cheltenham store plus two Papa John’s in Gloucester.   Reza helped manage these stores for several years before raising funds to purchase the franchises.

Reza explains: “I have a background in food sales as I worked as an Italian restaurant manager for four years plus in a take-away in Birmingham for nine years. However, I was hungry to run my own business.   I looked at the various major food franchises available and Papa John’s stood out as it was ‘up and coming’, it was expanding in the marketplace and I felt this offered a tempting opportunity.

“To get to know the business, I applied for a job as a delivery driver. After a couple of weeks, I explained I would like to run my own Papa John’s and over time, I was given the chance to help manage several stores. It’s been a long road, but this year I secured funding from NatWest to buy the franchises for Cheltenham and the two Gloucester Papa John’s.

“Now I’m excited about the future.   Although it’s still business as usual and nothing changes as I still manage the stores in the same way as before, I am really delighted to be working for myself.   Being self-employed, means you never get tired. It’s a fantastic feeling to wake up every day with a smile!

“Over the next year I will focus on developing my Papa John’s and growing the customer base further adding a few more ingredients to our marketing and promotional mix. After that, I may well ‘cook up’ some more ideas for expansion, so watch this space!”

Papa John’s is currently recruiting for more enthusiastic franchisees. As one of the largest pizza companies in the world, Papa John’s has opportunities for multi-unit franchisees throughout the UK. Help is provided with location selection, growth incentives, and full turn-key opening of stores.  As a franchise, the Company supplies all the assistance needed to get your successful Papa John’s up and running.

For further information please visit: www.papajohns.co.uk/franchise