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"We are pleased to acquire these Papa John's restaurants in this fast growing region," said Bill Van Epps, Papa John's President, USA. "These are very solid markets for Papa John's and present us with future growth opportunities both in terms of restaurant sales and new unit openings." The acquisition is not expected to significantly impact operating income for the remainder of 2006 as transition costs are expected to substantially offset incremental unit level operating income during this time frame. The company expects to open an additional four to six restaurants in this market over the next two to three years.