Papa Murphy's

Quick-Service Pro Joins Board of GRILLiT

GRILLiT, Inc. announced that it has elected Rob Elliott to serve as chairman of the board of directors.

Elliott has served in senior executive or consulting roles for Little Caesars Pizza, Quiznos, Friendly's Restaurants, Firehouse Subs, Papa Murphy's Pizza, and Hungry Howies Pizza.

Elliott is an accomplished senior marketing executive recognized for the development of several successful brands through the implementation of aggressive business strategies, focused creative materials, and solid media planning.

Papa Murphy's Tops Industry Lists as Best Pizza Chain

Cinderella stories don’t only happen on the basketball court these days. Papa Murphy’s, the under-the-radar take ‘n’ bake pizza concept unknown in some parts of the country, scored an upset victory in the food world, ranking No. 1 with consumers in a recently released, prestigious consumer survey.

The underdog brand beat out full-service brands without having ovens, table service, delivery drivers, or bars. Instead, it relied on dough made fresh daily in stores, 100 percent real Mozzarella cheese, fresh veggies cut by hand, and premium meats that top every pie.

Papa Murphy’s Wins Award for Franchisee Satisfaction

Franchise owners love creating food people love at Papa Murphy’s, according to a recent survey conducted by Franchise Business Review. The independent market research firm recently recognized Papa Murphy’s with a 2013 Franchisee Satisfaction Award – an annual award given to franchise companies with the highest franchisee satisfaction rankings.

Papa Murphy's Goes Gourmet with Primo Pizza Line

Bye-bye old American pie. Papa Murphy’s, the nation’s largest take-and-bake pizza chain, is introducing an ultra-premium pizza line with high-quality ingredients.

Three new pizzas that comprise Papa Murphy’s Primo Line include gourmet, trending food ingredients that consumers crave, like fennel sausage, goat cheese, prosciutto, fresh Mozzarella, and arugula.

It’s gourmet, handmade pizza without the hassle of gathering, prepping, and assembling the ingredients.

Papa Murphy's Sees a Big Year in 2012

Papa Murphy’s, the world’s largest take-and-bake pizza company, continued its unparalleled growth in 2012. In addition to expanding its national footprint to more than 1,325 locations, Papa Murphy’s achieved 25 record sales weeks during the year.

The company’s two-year sales comp grew nearly 9 percent, its biggest two-year sales comp since 2007–2009.

IFA and TD Bank Hook Up to Make Veteran Franchising Simpler

TD Bank announced that it has joined with the International Franchise Association (IFA) and a pilot group of franchises to help United States veterans become franchise owners.

Across TD Bank’s Maine-to-Florida footprint, franchises such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Domino’s Pizza, Baskin-Robbins, and Papa Murphy’s will be able to offer a streamlined loan application process, a packaging-fee waiver, and lower interest rates from TD Bank for U.S. military veterans.

Pizza Brands Turn Valentine’s Day Into a Family Celebration

Forget chocolate and roses: This year, lovebirds are celebrating with pizza—or that’s what several pizza brands are banking on.

And instead of making it a couple-centric dining opportunity, chains like Papa Murphy’s are trying to transform Valentine’s Day into a family-friendly occasion.

“We’re trying to turn it from a more romantic holiday to really a time to bring the entire family together and celebrate one evening at home, where you can make the kids feel special, as well,” says Diana McAllister, director of marketing for Papa Murphy’s.

Directed Equity Backs Papa Murphy's with $12M in Funding

The alignment between Papa Murphy's Pizza and Directed Equity to provide funding for qualified franchise candidates proved to be a success, helping the fifth-largest pizza chain in the U.S. achieve record growth in 2012.

"Even in this difficult lending environment, banks have an appetite for a quality brand with a high success rate and overall proven trends, such as Papa Murphy's," says Mark Challis, president of Directed Equity.

Papa Murphy's Shares the 'Love' in New Campaign

Advertising agency WDCW introduced a new campaign for Papa Murphy’s Pizza, dubbed "Love at 425 Degrees."

This campaign highlights the company's core purpose of bringing families together through food people love. It represents the first work from WDCW since becoming the agency of record for Papa Murphy’s, the fifth-largest pizza chain in the nation, in October following a two-month pitch process.

Papa Murphy's Lands $7.5M Credit Facility

Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake pizza and its streamlined operation have delivered it unto the upper echelon of national pizza brands. Now, thanks to a franchise lending program created by Franchise America Finance and The Bancorp Bank, the burgeoning brand is poised to grab a bigger slice of the pizza market.

The $7.5-million facility provides start-up funding for franchisees entering the Papa Murphy’s system, as well as expansion funding for existing franchisees that are ready to expand their businesses.

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