Papa John’s has decided to move its headquarter out of Louisville, Kentucky after almost 36 years. The pizza delivery company is moving its headquarters to Atlanta. The location for the office in Atlanta is not finalized yet, but the company is expected to complete the entire process by the end of 2020, a press release said. Papa John’s president and CEO Rob Lynch said that they are extremely thrilled to open a headquarters office at a place as diverse and energetic as Atlanta. Talking about the reason behind moving out of Kentucky, Lynch said that better connectivity because of Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson airport led them to take the decision. He said that the airport will help Papa John’s connect with domestic and international markets.
While Papa John’s teams like marketing, innovation, communications, and development are moving out, legal teams, IT, and supply chain teams will remain in Louisville. Lynch said that the company had the best year in history because of the pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic had forced people to work from home and schools and colleges started online classes which forced more and more people to stay and eat at home. This resulted in a rise in sales by 28 per cent at its North American stores when compared to the same period of last year. The company’s CEO said that this is the best time for Papa John’s to expand and pick a new headquarters.
The company will also add some new talents and Lynch said that Atlanta can be the best place to get the talent they need. The company currently has around 2,000 people in Atlanta. This number includes employees working at restaurants. Lynch became the chief executive officer of Papa John’s a year ago. Before being named the CEO, he worked as the president of Arby’s. Under the leadership of Lynch, the company has plans to invest around USD 10 million in its move.