Papa Murphy's

Papa Murphy's Ends 2011 with Double-Digit Sales Growth

Papa Murphy's International today announced its total U.S. systemwide sales grew to $702 million in 2011, up over 10% from 2010. The Zagat-ranked "#1 Rated Pizza Chain" in the U.S. ended the year with 1,300 locations. Same-store-sales were up more than 5%.

In an internal email from Papa Murphy's CEO Ken Calwell to all employees and franchise owners, Calwell praised the chain for its efforts serving others and making a difference in people's lives.

Love is in the Air

Quick serves attract value-minded customers with Valentine’s promotions.

While most people may associate Valentine’s Day with upscale restaurants and fine wines, dozens of quick-serve promotions, ranging from heart-shaped doughnuts to couples’ specials, are giving operators hope that they won’t be stood up this February 14.

By targeting families and social gatherings, operators say they’re able to attract customers for the holiday. And for some stores, Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days on the calendar.

Papa Murphy's Joins Relay For Life Program

Papa Murphy’s International today announced it has joined the 2012 American Cancer Society Relay For Life National Team Program.
Employees and franchise owners will come together this year to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer.
All funds raised will support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, get well, find cures, and fight back against a disease that has taken far too much from too many.

Papa Murphy's Acquires 20 Stores from Franchisee

Papa Murphy’s International (PMI) announced that its Company Stores Division—Papa Murphy’s Company Stores Inc.—acquired 20 Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza stores. The transaction was completed on December 19 between PMI and McKinleyville, California–based L&K Hodge LLC and its assorted partnerships. The acquired stores are located in the Minneapolis, Denver, and Colorado Springs markets and increase the company-owned store count to 52.

Papa Murphy’s Promotes Ken Calwell to CEO

Papa Murphy’s International, America’s take ‘n’ bake pizza leader and fifth largest pizza chain in the U.S., announced the company’s President Ken Calwell will assume the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective Dec. 31, 2011.

Current CEO John Barr will remain Papa Murphy’s Chairman of the Board and will hand over day-to-day executive duties to Calwell.

The 10 Best Franchise Deals

For some, it’s an average sales-to-investment ratio nearing 2:1, dedicated corporate support that helps franchisees succeed, or a distinctive niche that carries marketplace allures.

For others, a good franchise deal boasts recent growth despite the nation’s economic woes, stable leadership that ensures consistent strategy, or consumer satisfaction ratings highlighting consumer interest.

The Revolution Begins at Papa Murphy's

Papa Murphy’s wants to revolutionize the pizza industry—so much so that it’s inviting customers to “join the revolution” with its newest marketing campaign.

The take ‘n bake pizza chain announced that it will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a new tagline and marketing campaign that will pour as much as $35 million into attracting new customers and building loyalty with existing ones.