Success is ‘On the Menu’ for Papa John’s Latest Selly Oak Store Opening


Feb 10, 2017

Leading Pizza franchise, Papa John’s, has announced the opening of its latest store in Selly Oak, Birmingham. Jitesh Patel, who first became a Papa John’s franchisee in 2005 when he was just 20 years old, now runs 6 Papa John’s franchised outlets across the Midlands and in Leicestershire with his sister Nisha, employing 80 people.

"I used to work as a systems manager for a rival pizza company, however, I always knew I wanted my own pizza store," explains Jitesh. "I have another sister who lives in the USA and she had told me how popular Papa John's was over there and how that success would soon be 'on the menu' in UK. She was proved right as now the company has more than 225 UK stores and is growing rapidly!"

“The popularity is down to some great marketing but also a fantastic product,” Jitesh continues. “Papa John’s is the only branded pizza chain to use only 100% fresh dough, giving a better natural flavour and a unique tomato sauce is made from the best Californian tomatoes, picked and packed from vine to can in just six hours. Our customers tell us the pizza is by far the best on the market and so the great taste and top quality customer service, always keeps them coming back for more."

“I quickly recognised the potential in managing several shops and so was keen to expand. Also understanding the successful Papa John’s formula makes each store opening easier. With the help of Papa John’s clever on-line training system called ULearn, we can now really get new team members up to speed quickly. I aim to open in two further locations before the end of 2013 and my long-term goal is to own 20 Papa John’s!”

“We are focused on maintaining the momentum of our UK expansion,” explains Anthony Round, business development manager Papa John’s. “We are currently offering incentives for ambitious franchisees opening multiple Papa John’s outlets plus new franchisees located in the designated regional zones in the North, Midlands and Scotland. Incentives depend on region but include special deals on equipment and marketing support.”

Papa John's is one of the largest pizza companies in the world, with 4,300 stores worldwide and is rapidly expanding in 33 markets around the globe. Papa John’s, which is renowned for its product quality, has opportunities for potential franchisees throughout the UK including the key locations of Yorkshire, Manchester, West Midlands, East Midlands, South West, North East, Wales & Scotland. For further information please see