Pizza chain Papa John’s has announced former franchise business manager, Iain Heron, has become a franchisee and now runs eight stores in Scotland.
At the end of last year, Mr Heron gave up his job as a franchise business manager for Papa John’s, moved from Durham to central Scotland with his family and opened three franchised Papa John’s of his own.
He explained: “I purchased the existing outlet in Dundee first, then opened two new stores in Stirling and Livingston and have since taken over Ayr, which was fully refurbished and also opened Hamilton. This month we’ve also opened a brand-new store in Dundee. It’s been quite an exciting time. It’s great to have my whole family on-board as we begin this new chapter.”
Mr Heron’s partner sold her florist business in Durham and has helped him set up the business, while his mother and brother – who have both worked in the pizza industry before – have taken on store management and training and standards roles.
“It was a big move and certainly quite a commitment and Papa John’s has been right behind us to help make this happen,” continued Mr Heron.
“The head office team has been really helpful and I’m very thankful for that. I just felt it was the right time to invest in our future in this way. The Papa John’s brand continues to get stronger and the company is growing in the UK and I can continue to contribute to that growth, now through our own store numbers.
“I’ve got a long history in the pizza industry, as well as working for Papa John’s QCC as a franchise business manager helping franchisees develop, previously, I also oversaw more than 30 pizza stores for a franchisee for a rival firm for more than six years. I was even a pizza delivery driver when I was a student, so I know the industry pretty well.”
Mr Heron said his goal now is to keep the stores turning over well and then improve sales and grow year-on-year.
“I will continue to develop my multi-unit portfolio, aiming to acquire more Papa John’s stores as and when they become available,” he added.