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Papa John's Pizza is the fourth largest take-out and delivery pizza restaurant chain in the United States with headquarters in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, near Louisville. Its slogan is "Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Papa John's."

Internationally, there are over 4,000 Papa John's establishments, including over 3,200 in the U.S. and the remainder spread among 33 other countries. In September 2012, Papa John's Pizza opened its 4,000th restaurant, in New Hyde Park, New York. The company celebrated the event by giving away 4,000 free pizzas to customers throughout New York City.

History

The Papa John's restaurant franchise was founded in 1983 when "Papa" John Schnatter knocked out a broom closet in the back of his father's tavern, Mick's Lounge, in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Lawsuit

In 1997, Pizza Hut filed a lawsuit against Papa John's based on a series of advertisements that compared the ingredients of Papa John's and its competitors. At trial, the court agreed with Pizza Hut's argument that Papa John's slogan did not constitute statements of literal fact – that "fresher ingredients" do not necessarily account for a "better" pizza; this ruling was overturned in 2000 when Papa John's appealed the decision.

Spam Lawsuit

In 2012, the company was the subject of a class action lawsuit for allegedly sending over 500,000 unwanted text messages to customers. The suit sought over $250 million in damages, though the company settled to pay $16.5M, awarding members of the class up to $50 in damages, and a free, large, one-topping pizza.

Business ventures
A Papa John's in Virginia.
Countries with Papa John's Pizza.
Papa John's in Springboro, Ohio, built specifically for home delivery.
Papa John's in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Papa John's primarily takes carryout and delivery orders, although some stores have tables and chairs for dining in.

Franchise stores owners pay a royalty fee 5% of net sales to Papa John's International, and up to 7% of net sales on advertising efforts.Corporate operations looks over franchisees to ensure brand consistency.

Controversy

Papa John's received negative media attention in May 2008 when a Washington, D.C. franchise distributed t-shirts making fun of Cleveland Cavaliers star player LeBron James at a playoff game against the Washington Wizards. Photographs of the shirts quickly spread from the Internet[19] to Cleveland television. Increasing awareness of the controversy prompted an apology from the Papa John's national headquarters on May 5.


Other trade names

Papa John's operated under the company name "Papiano's" in East Lansing, Michigan, because a pre-existing local chain of pizza restaurants in this area already laid claim to the name "Papa John's" before the major chain was formed. The location closed in 2008 and reopened as another pizzeria.
UK franchise

Papa John's has operated in the United Kingdom since 2001. In April 2014 the company had 250 shops in the UK with plans for between 400 and 500 within 5 years.
Cyprus franchise

Papa John's has operated in Cyprus since 2006. Currently is operating with 12 stores in all major cities.
Portugal franchise

All the Papa John's restaurants in Portugal are now closed or have changed names. Some of these locations still serve pizza, though the master-franchise Rest-Smart filed for bankruptcy.

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