Papa Johns has today announced the signing of a master franchise deal with its new franchise partner in sub-Saharan Africa, Kitchen Express LTD, a subsidiary of AAH Limited, the majority shareholder of Hess Petroleum Group.
The master franchisee, Kitchen Express LTD, plans to open 60 restaurants in Kenya and Uganda, with four planned for 2022, starting in Nairobi. This new partnership will enable Hess Petroleum to utilize its retail footprint and introduce the Papa Johns brand to Kenyans and Ugandans.
“We are excited to partner with Papa Johns as it continues its expansion around the globe,” said Abdinasir Ali Hassan, chairman of Kitchen Express LTD and Hass Petroleum Group.
“Papa Johns is a company whose vision and values are closely aligned to our own, and this partnership brings together two brands built on a legacy of quality and service.”
“Establishing ourselves in Sub-Saharan Africa for the first time presents a great opportunity for Papa Johns to deliver on our Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. promise and continue our global momentum as a brand,” said Amanda Clark, Papa Johns chief development officer.
“We are very excited to work with Abdinasir and his team – his knowledge of the business landscape will be instrumental in making Papa Johns the leading pizza brand in both Kenya and Uganda.”
In addition to consistent domestic growth in the U.S., the brand has also expanded internationally to 13 new countries in recent years, including Spain, Portugal, Germany, Cambodia, Pakistan, France, Tunisia, Iraq, Morocco, Kazakhstan and Poland.
Papa Johns recently rebranded its logo, name and restaurant design, read more here