Papa Johns to shut 50 UK outlets amid performance review

Papa Johns, the US-based pizza chain, has announced plans to close about 50 of its UK takeaways as part of a comprehensive review of its performance in the country.

The group, which has more than 450 restaurants across the UK, said the move would allow it to invest in the right locations with the right partners and optimise the brand for long-term growth.

Papa Johns reported record global sales of more than 1.3 billion US dollars (£1 billion) in the last quarter of 2023, up 10% from the previous year.

According to a report, chief executive Rob Lynch said the group was taking action to improve profitability and strengthen its franchisee base in the UK, where sales have begun to grow.

The group said it was focused on its staff, who would be the first to know the takeaways that are closing, and would work to find alternative roles for them within Papa Johns.

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