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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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25 jobs as American pizza chain gets set to open in Carlisle

Twenty-five jobs will be created when American pizza chain Papa John’s opens in Carlisle later this month.

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The new Papa John in Carlisle

The firm, the third largest pizza company in the world, is converting the former office of KJ Commons in Warwick Road and says it is investing £350,000 in the city.

The premises have been empty since the law firm moved to Brunswick Street two years ago.

Signs for Papa John’s have gone up on the building this week and it will open on May 23.

It will be the first Cumbrian outlet for the pizza chain and will be run by Carlisle power lifter Richard Goddard.

He said: “I’m delighted that we have managed to secure premises in Carlisle and give the opportunity to provide the Papa’s pizzas to people in the area.”

The firm is appointing delivery drivers, pizza makers and store assistants to work in the Carlisle branch. Papa John’s has more than 4,300 outlets in 33 countries. It was founded in Jeffersonville, Indiana, in 1984 by John Schnatter who remains chairman and chief executive.

The first UK outlets opened in 2000 while a £5m dough plant at Milton Keynes followed in 2010.

It now has 225 UK branches.

The chain aims to have between 400 and 500 UK outlets as it takes on arch rival Domino’s, which already has a presence in Carlisle, Kendal and Barrow.

Most Papa John’s outlets are operated by franchisees who typically invest between £177,000 and £225,000 to set up their businesses.

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