Papa Murphy’s International announced it has signed a master franchise agreement with MAM Foodco LLC to open 100 Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza locations throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The first location is slated to open in Dubai, UAE, before the end of 2012.

As the fifth-largest pizza chain in the U.S., this is Papa Murphy’s first location outside of North America, where it currently operates 1,287 in the United States and 15 in Canada.

“It’s is a thrilling chapter for us,” says Jim Perkins, vice president of international development at Papa Murphy’s. “We’ve found a great partner in MAM Foodco. The relationship has been building now for well over a year; we’ve established a solid trust with the team, and I’m confident this brand has the potential to do very well in the Middle East.”

Mohamed Aaly Maghrabi, founder of MAM Foodco, says, “We have no doubt that Papa Murphy’s North American success will carry across the globe. It is certain to become a favorite of the Middle Eastern foodies, who will appreciate the great quality pizza, fresh ingredients, and the uniqueness of the take ‘n’ bake experience that has made Papa Murphy’s the No. 1 choice for U.S consumers. We are looking forward to continued success with the brand across the GCC”.

Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru, Growth, News, Pizza, Papa Murphy's