Papa Johns Franchise Information

Papa John’s is the world’s third largest pizza delivery company with more than 4,800 restaurants worldwide.  Our founder, “Papa” John Schnatter is actively involved in all facets of the business and is passionate about our quality positioning of “Better Ingredients.  Better Pizza.”  His high level of commitment to our brand and products result in Papa John’s being recognized as the quality leader in the pizza category.

Now is the time to join a Better team:

  • Ranked #10 in Entrepreneur magazine’s Top 200 Global Franchises
  • First in customer satisfaction rating among pizza chains for 14 out of the last 16 years according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI)
  • High sales to investment ratio
  • Industry leading incentives**
    • No Franchise Fee ($25,000 savings)
    • Free set of ovens for each store
    • Reduced Royalties over 4 years as follows:
      • First 12 months – 1% royalty
      • Second 12 months – 2.0% royalty
      • Third 12 months – 3.0% royalty
      • Fourth 12 months – 4.0% royalty
      • After 4 years – Standard 5.0% rate
    • $3,000 Food Credit (when applicable) Proven, simple and streamlined operating system
  • World class support every step of the way to make it easier to run your business
  • Proven franchise model with excellent profit potential
  • Dynamic, growing concept with plenty of opportunities for franchisees to grow with us

For more information about joining the Papa John’s team, please visit our website at

*Estimated costs for typical in-line location.  Atypical features of a location may raise these costs.  Certain restrictions apply.

** All benefits, discounts and payments subject to Papa John’s 2016 US Development Incentive Program.


Business Established: 1984
Franchising Since: 1986
Franchised Units: 2666
Company Owned Units: 734
Start-up Cost: $50,000
Total Investment: $250,000 to $300,000
Veteran Hired Since 2011: N/A
Veteran Owned Units: N/A
Related Categories
Food: Pizza
Food: Restaurants
Food: Sports Pubs/Wings
Vetfran Incentives

Papa John's offers qualified veterans: $0 FRANCHISE FEE, set of Middleby Marshall ovens, reduced royalties for four years, and a $3k food credit.**