Pancholi is no stranger to the QSR world, previously overseeing a portfolio that included Domino’s Pizza and Tim Hortons stores.
Papa John’s has announced the appointment of Amit Pancholi as the brand’s new UK director of business development. Justin Gilbert, who formerly occupied this role, has been promoted to the senior operations director of Papa John’s UK.
“I have known Amit Pancholi for many years working in previous QSR roles. His extensive experience of the sector makes him perfectly placed to drive our ambition for expansion, as we target more traditional high street locations and also build on partnerships with leisure venues looking to add a quality hot food brand while introducing a new revenue stream to an existing offering,” said Justin Gilbert.
“Amit’s negotiation skills combined with his wealth of knowledge in relation to store acquisition and development will be invaluable for franchisees as we continue to grow over the next few years.”
Pancholi is a proven QSR professional, with experience in negotiation, retail property management, and asset management within the restaurant industry. Prior to joining Papa John’s, he was head of property for a large multi-brand franchise group – overseeing a portfolio that included Domino’s Pizza, Zaza, and Tim Hortons stores.
Before that, he managed Domino’s Pizza’s estate portfolio for the U.K. and Ireland for three years. Previously, Pancholi also worked in estate management for leading household names including Holland & Barrett and Boots.
“Papa John’s concept of “BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA.” has earned a well-deserved reputation for exceptional product quality and service,” said Pancholi. “The company has also demonstrated excellent new store growth over the past few years, and I look forward to supporting new and existing multi-unit franchisees and ‘non-traditional’ venues as they each develop their own portfolio of stores, sharing in the common goal to bring the fun and enjoyment of the Papa John’s pizza experience to many more customers across the nation.”