Papa John’s Franchisee Plans Scottish Expansion

Papa John’s has announced the launch of its new Prestwick/Ayr store. The store’s opening will coincide with the end of Scottish Franchise Week’ on May 5, with the official grand opening and an exceptional give-away of 200 free pizzas taking place on May 11. The Prestwick/Ayr outlet is part of a 10-store Scottish development plan being pushed forward by new franchisee Paul McDermott, who opened his first Papa John’s outlet in Rutherglen in October.

“I became curious about Papa John’s through my property company,” confirmed McDermott. “I am also a happy Papa John’s customer and had already identified that the company had the best product in the market place. Papa John’s has a strong brand and a growing worldwide presence, and after some research, the opportunity to become part of Papa John’s expansion plans led me to buying my first outlet in Rutherglen last year.

“As a businessman, I don’t have a background in fast-food and so I work closely with a Papa John’s development manager and experienced store managers to run the outlets on a day-to-day basis,” continued McDermott. “We now employ 20 people in Rutherglen and will have a further 17 in Prestwick/Ayr. My plan is to expand and open 10 stores in the region over the next five years.

“We now have outlets in 33 countries over the world,” confirmed Anthony Round, Business Development Manager at Papa John’s. “Expansion in Scotland represents an exciting opportunity for our rapidly growing brand and we are delighted to welcome Paul McDermott to our franchising network as an integral part of our expansion plans.”