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Papa John's

What does a Papa John's Franchise Cost?

In order to open a Papa John's restaurant, potential franchisees must have access to liquid assets of at least $75,000, at least $250,000 in net worth, and the ability to obtain financing of up to $275,000. The company also charges a one-time franchise fee of $25,000 for new restaurants. As an example, an average unit 1200–1400 sq. ft., located in a strip center, costs approximately $300,000.

Total Investment$130,120 - $844,420
Cash Required$75,000
Business TypeFranchise
Target MarketNational

Open a Papa John's Franchise.

"We’ve won countless awards for customer service and the strength of our brand. Come see for yourself what makes us different. I'm really proud of the 80,000 team members worldwide that make Papa John's "Better Ingredients. Better Pizza." promise come to life every day.

So, if you have a passion for quality and you want to be on a winning team, Papa John's may be right for you." - Papa John, Founder. Pizza Maker


If you are willing to work hard and follow the system Papa John's has set in place, you too can grow a successful pizza business. With more than 5,220 restaurants worldwide Papa John's has the ingredients for success.

Training and Support

Papa John's provides 6-8 weeks of training and also provides ongoing training for your operator and team.

Average Unit

The Papa John's franchise offered is a retail restaurant devoted primarily to the sale of pizza and related food products. The majority of Papa John's franchises are operated on a delivery and carry-out basis however, there are a few restaurants which offer dine-in service.

Average size: 1200 – 1400 square feet
Location: Strip center
Average number of employees: 20


  • Royalty Fee: 5%
  • Advertising Fee: 8%
  • Franchise Fee: 0

Financing Options

Papa John's International. Inc. has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the franchise fee, startup costs and equipment.


  • #1 Pizza Chain Brand, 2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend®
  • #1 in customer satisfaction and product quality, American Customer Satisfaction Index

Ideal Candidates

We're looking for franchise owners who are outgoing, have retail management experience, (restaurant experience preferred but not required) and who will be 100% dedicated to managing their team and restaurant. People and building relationships are a priority. You must have a minimum of $75K in cash and will need approximately $300,000 in cash, liquid assets or available financing to build your restaurant.

Special Discount

Papa John's offers an incentive for veterans which includes a waived franchise fee, free set of ovens, reduced royalty for 4 years and $3,000 food purchase credit.

  • Papa John’s was founded in 1984 and has been offering franchise opportunities since 1986.
  • You can start a Papa John’s franchise with an initial investment of as low as $300K
  • Liquidity Requirements: Papa John’s calls for at least $70K in liquid assets
  • Net-worth Requirements: $250K (for 1 unit, and $1 million for up to 10 units)
  • Franchise Fees: As low as $25K plus royalty fee of 5 percent of monthly net sales (also payable monthly)
  • Advertising/Marketing Fee: 8 percent of monthly sales

Why invest in a Papa John’s Franchise?

There are myriads of perks that come with being a franchisee/owner of a Papa John’s franchise. For starters, it is fairly simple and easy to buy into a Papa John’s franchise, especially when you look at other pizza franchises like Domino’s Pizza. The initial investment requirement of as little as $300K for a 1,200 square-foot store is quite reasonable. The net-worth of as low as $250K is also plausible. On your part, the 5% royalty fee that can be renewed after every decade is something to call home about.

When it comes to talking hard numbers, Papa John’s does deliver high ROI even if you are an absentee franchisee. Their training opportunities mean that you can learn a great deal of knowledge and gain insights that can help you as an owner. Whether you want to be an absentee owner or a hands-on franchisee, ongoing training offered by Papa John’s can come in especially handy.

Another area Papa John’s excel is customer service. In fact, it was recognized by American Customer Satisfaction Index as the No.1 pizza brand when it comes to customer satisfaction. The only drawback that might put you off is the obligatory 8% marketing and advertising budget.

What Does a Papa John’s Franchise Make?

The franchise dictates all the financial info you might want to know within their franchise agreement document (FDD) which is released annually. According to a recent FDD, you can pull in an average of $781, 202 in revenue from your Papa John’s franchise. A company owned location brings in a slightly higher average of $966,460 in annual revenue.
Costs of Operation (Expenses) of a Papa John’s Franchise

While they don’t officially release cost break-down for franchise locations, you can still estimate these using figures for company locations. According to recent stats, the average costs associated with running a Papa John’s location are:

  • $284,000 on food costs (or nearly a third of revenue)
  • $194,000 on labor and labor-related costs (a fifth of the revenue)
  • $89,000 on marketing and advertising (approximately 9 percent of the revenue)
  • $45,000 on mileage (about 5 percent of revenue)
  • $44,000 on location manager costs
  • $22,000 on store deals and bonuses
  • $44,000 on tech, supplies, uniforms and other miscellaneous items
  • $34,000 on location maintenance, lease, and rent

From that, you can easily determine that the cost of operating a franchise is approximately $824,500. That means that pre-tax profit is around $142,000, which spells approximately 14 percent of the total annual revenue.

Papa John's Franchise - After-Tax Profit

For franchisees, there are a few adjustments you might want to put into consideration. For starters, some franchise stores do experience lower sales due to poor location, insufficient advertising or inadequate sitting. Also, a franchisee has to pay the mandatory 5 percent of net sales towards royalty fee as well as put in at least 8 percent of the profit towards advertising and marketing. All things considered, a Papa John’s franchise can expect to make around $66K to $67K annually.

Of course, you can make more from a Papa John’s franchise if you put in more effort and time, as well as delegate more money towards advertisements and marketing.