Papa John’s new multi-unit franchisees Richard McElroy and Chris Makin have opened in Leigh, Manchester, already smashing their target to open six stores in their first year and creating more than 150 new jobs.

Amit Pancholi UK director of business development, Papa John’s UK confirms:  “2021 was quite a year!  As an organisation we’ve opened double digit stores across the UK, growing our brand presence both on the high street and also in non-traditional locations such as holiday resorts, leisure venues and more.  Richard and Chris have fully bought into our ethos and values, and we are proud to support them as they also continue to grow their portfolio of stores, bringing Papa John’s to even more customers wherever and whenever they want to enjoy their favourite pizza treat with family and friends!

“As one of their six Papa John’s, Richard and Chris opened our 500th store in Ormskirk last year.  As we celebrate that milestone in the UK, and as our franchisees continue to grow, more employment opportunities are created at every level.  All new starters have full scope and use of our dedicated Pizza Academy training system containing a suite of training modules on various aspects of the business.  It means, any new team member may join as a delivery driver for example but map out a career pathway by acquiring the relevant skills and experience to become a team leader or store manager and beyond.”

Richard McElrory confirms: “Growing a business is exciting and as part of that, being able to create more jobs in Manchester, in the communities we know and live is an honour.  For us, our people are the key ingredient in our recipe for success!  We now look forward to welcoming many more recruits of all ages and backgrounds to our team as we develop our management structure and continue to add more stores in the region.”

For those interested in joining Papa John’s there are opportunities at every level in locations across the UK.  For more information about Papa John’s recruitment or to apply please see:

For those interested in running a high street Papa John’s franchise or a non-traditional venue, we offer incentives plus world-class support, comprehensive training, and national marketing.  As a franchisor, the Company supplies all the assistance needed to get your successful Papa John’s up and running.

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