Atlanta, Georgia – In a move to keep up with its best second-quarter numbers ever, Papa Johns has decided to move its headquarters to the Atlanta area.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that the pizza chain is contributing their second-quarter success to the COVID-19 pandemic. A worldwide sales of $461 million during the second quarter, a 15% increase from last year. The pizza chain said about 70% of their orders came from internet-enabled devices: phone, tablet, or computer.
Currently located in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John’s will be locating their human resources department, development, and menu innovations while the IT and logistics will stay.
Including restaurant employees, Papa John’s already employs about 2,000 people within the metro Atlanta area. Papa John’s operates 80 locations within the metro Atlanta area. Former NBA superstar, Shaquille O’Neal, who has an endorsement contract with Papa John’s, operates nine locations in Atlanta.
In 2018, Papa John’s founder and former CEO/Chairman, John Schnatter, made controversial remarks about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Schnatter was also accused of making racial remarks during a company conference call. Sales of Papa John’s began to plummet and Schnatter eventually resigned from his position.