U.S Papa John’s Pizza to Grow in Kenya and Uganda

Papa John's International Inc, the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company plans to open 60 fast food outlets in Kenya and Uganda in 2022.

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Papa John’s International Inc, the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company plans to open 60 fast food outlets in Kenya and Uganda in 2022.

In a statement issued Wednesday, its expansion will be through its franchise partner Kitchen Express Ltd, a subsidiary of AAH Limited, the majority shareholder of Hass Petroleum Group.

Hass Petroleum Group operates 140 petrol stations in 10 African countries.  Under the deal, Papa John’s, which runs 5,500 restaurants in 50 countries, will open outlets at Hass’s properties in Kenya and Uganda starting with Nairobi.

“Establishing ourselves in Sub-Saharan Africa for the first time presents a great opportunity for Papa Johns to deliver on our … promise and continue our global momentum as a brand,” said Amanda Clark, Papa Johns Chief Development Officer. 

The partnership will enable Hass Petroleum to leverage its retail footprint as it introduces new customers to the Papa Johns brand.

“We are excited to partner with Papa Johns as it continues its expansion around the globe,” said Abdinasir Ali Hassan, chairman of Kitchen Express and Hass Petroleum Group in a statement.

Papa Johns has entered 13 new countries, including Spain, Portugal, Germany, Cambodia, Pakistan, France, Tunisia, Iraq, Morocco, Kazakhstan and Poland. 

In August, the company announced that Drake Food Service International, which operates more than 280 locations across Latin America, Spain and Portugal, will open over 220 new restaurants across Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the UK, in addition to acquiring over 60 locations in the UK.

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