Papa Johns to close 43 sites amid review of the business

26 March 2024 by
Papa Johns to close 43 sites amid review of the business

Pizza chain Papa Johns is to close 43 UK restaurants and invest in developing new types of stores following a review of the business.

The takeaway chain said the "underperforming" sites would shut by mid-May following a consultation with team members.

It has not confirmed how many staff will be impacted by the closures.

Papa Johns operates over 5,900 sites worldwide and 450 in the UK, which is its second-largest market after the US.

Earlier this month the chain said the sites signposted for closure had accounted for two thirds of its operating losses in the fourth quarter of 2023.

Chris Phylactou, managing director at Papa Johns UK, said: "Our priority is our team members, who will be fully supported throughout this process.

"Our goal is to work with impacted team members and attempt to find redeployment opportunities where available.

"We understand the impact this will have on our team members and are committed to supporting them during this time."

He added that the closures would allow the company to invest in other locations to support "long-term growth".

Papa Johns plans to overhal its UK menu to offer fresher ingredients, new products, and value offerings.

The company said it would look to open sites that were different to its traditional stores, with large retail partners set to be announced in coming months. Papa Johns is already present in holiday parks and attractions in the UK.

The full list of proposed UK corporate store closures:

  1. Barnsley
  2. Bebington
  3. Bexhill
  4. Billericay
  5. Bromley
  6. Coulsdon
  7. Cricklewood
  8. Darlington
  9. Doncaster
  10. Durham
  11. East Dulwich
  12. East Grinstead
  13. Eastbourne
  14. Hailsham
  15. Harringay
  16. Harrogate
  17. Hendon
  18. Horsham
  19. Lancaster
  20. Leeds - Meanwood
  21. Liverpool – West Derby
  22. Middlesbrough
  23. Mottingham
  24. Northwood Hills
  25. Peacehaven
  26. Peckham
  27. Penge
  28. Putney
  29. Redhill
  30. Rochdale
  31. Rotherham
  32. Ruislip
  33. Runcorn
  34. Scunthorpe
  35. Sittingbourne
  36. Southport
  37. St Helens
  38. Stoke Newington
  39. Tunbridge
  40. Upminster
  41. Watford St Albans
  42. Whitton
  43. Wimbledon
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