In 1984, while most people were focused on watching that year’s two hot
new TV series, Miami Vice and The Cosby Show, or catching
the blockbuster movie, Ghostbusters, John Schnatter was hard at
work perfecting a better quality pizza and opening the first Papa John’s
restaurant. More than 4,300 restaurants later, Papa John’s is
celebrating its 30th anniversary by offering its loyal
customers a 30 cent pizza deal.
Now through Jan. 26, Papa John’s fans can log on to www.papajohns.com
to get a large one-topping pizza for just 30 cents with the purchase of
any large pizza at regular menu price. Fans can sweeten the deal with
Papa’s Chocolate Chip Cookie for just $5 more.
“After 30 years it’s still about making a better quality pizza,” said
Schnatter, Papa John’s founder, chairman and CEO. “Papa John’s has
realized tremendous growth over the past 30 years, but the success of
the brand has always been rooted in the principles we established in
1984 – using better ingredients to make a better pizza.”
Schnatter founded Papa John’s in 1984 after he sold his beloved 1972 Z28
Camaro to help save his father’s tavern. He then began selling pizzas
out of the tavern’s broom closet. From day one Schnatter believed he
could make a better pizza by using fresh dough and superior-quality
The 30 year history of Papa John’s includes many milestones. In 1995,
Papa John’s opened its 1,000th restaurant, and it only took seven more
years to reach 3,000. In 1998, Papa John’s opened its first restaurant
outside North America, in Mexico City, and just last year the brand
opened its 1,000th international restaurant.
In addition, Papa John’s was the first national pizza chain to offer
systemwide online ordering in 2001. In 2007, it was the first to offer
systemwide SMS text message ordering, and in 2010 with its Papa Rewards,
Papa John’s became the first national pizza chain to launch a digital
Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John's International, Inc.
(NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world's third largest pizza delivery company. For
12 of the past 14 years, consumers have rated Papa John's No. 1 in
customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American
Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Papa John’s is the Official Pizza
Sponsor of the National Football League and Super Bowl XLVIII. For more
information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa
John's at www.papajohns.com,
or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PapaJohns,
on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PapaJohns.