Papa John’s has made it easier for both new and existing franchisees to expand the brand throughout the U.S. with the announcement of its U.S. Development Incentive Program. For qualifying restaurants opened in 2010, the program has several features. They include: no franchise fee ($25,000 value); two Middleby-Marshall ovens, which may be purchased by the franchisee for $50 after operating for two years (a range in value of $20,000–$30,000); and a reduced royalty rate for the first 12 months for on-time restaurant openings, including a zero percent royalty rate for restaurants opened by June 2010.

“Given the continued uncertainty in the economy, we are excited to offer this program to help both existing and potential new franchisees grow within the Papa John’s family,” says Jude Thompson, Papa John’s president and chief operating officer. “We definitely are in a growth mode, and believe the program will help franchisees offer our ‘Better Ingredients, Better Pizza’ to more consumers throughout the country.”

The program is generally available for new U.S. unit development agreements signed by qualifying franchisees through November 2010, for new restaurant openings in 2010. The incentives are subject to the complete rules and eligibility requirements of the program at the time of signing a development agreement, available from the company or accessible at online.

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