Former Whitbread ops director and business partner drive Papa John’s kitchen growth

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Two business partners that run a multi-unit Papa John’s franchise in the North West have signed a development deal to open nine new stores and plan to create 20 more on top of that if everything goes to plan.  

Richard McElroy and Chris Makin are already on track to open six new Papa John’s before the end of the year, creating more than 150 new jobs in the process.

The first store to open will be Middleton in Manchester.

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Mr McElrory said: “I’ve worked in hospitality all my life and Papa John’s stands out as a quality brand with a superb product. We are recruiting locally, and our goal is to build an infrastructure of a size and scale which provides employment opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds in roles in HR, operations, customer service, plus our all-important delivery drivers.”

Mr McElroy said that the constant pipeline of new and innovative menu choices was a recipe for success.

“It means the brand is relevant and continues to increase in popularity. We’ve been blown away by the quality of the vegan range for example and will be proud to be delivering the treat of Papa John’s great pizza made with only the freshest, finest ingredients to the communities we serve very soon.”

Mr McElroy has a proven track record in the food and hospitality industry spending the majority of his career with Whitbread where he held a number of senior operational roles across Premier Inn, Costa and latterly as the national operations director for its restaurant division across 450 sites.

His last role was with Morrisons as a category director for its food services business.

Mr Makin, meanwhile, is an entrepreneur with many years of experience growing and developing businesses predominantly in manufacturing, specialising in plastic fabrication and extrusion.

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