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  • Jeffersonville, Indiana, U.S.
    Tuesday Oct 02, 1984

    Foundation

    Jeffersonville, Indiana, U.S.
    Tuesday Oct 02, 1984

    The Papa John's restaurant was founded in 1984 when "Papa" John Schnatter knocked out a broom closet in the back of his father's tavern, Mick's Lounge, in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He then sold his 1971 Camaro Z28 to purchase US$1,600 worth of used pizza equipment and began selling pizzas to the tavern's customers out of the converted closet.




  • Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    1997

    The Company went Public

    Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    1997

    The company went public in 1993. A year later it had 500 stores, and by 1997 it had opened 1,500 stores.




  • Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    1997

    Pizza Hut Filed a Lawsuit against Papa John's

    Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    1997

    In 1997, Pizza Hut filed a lawsuit against Papa John's based on a series of advertisements that compared the ingredients of Papa John's and its competitors. Pizza Hut successfully argued that Papa John's slogan did not constitute statements of literal fact – that "fresher ingredients" do not necessarily account for a "better" pizza. This ruling was overturned in 2000 when Papa John's appealed the decision. Although the jury's decision on the misleading advertising was upheld, the appeals court determined that Pizza Hut failed to prove, under the requirements of the Lanham Act, that the misleading advertising and puffery had a material effect on consumers' purchasing decisions.




  • UK
    2001

    Papa John's Started Operating in UK

    UK
    2001

    Papa John's has operated in the United Kingdom since 2001. In July 2015 the company had 300 shops in the UK.




  • Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    2002

    The First National Pizza Chain To make Online Ordering available To all of its U.S. Customers

    Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    2002

    In January 2002, Papa John's became the first national pizza chain to make online ordering available to all of its U.S. customers.




  • Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    Saturday Jul 10, 2004

    Papa John's State in The market

    Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    Saturday Jul 10, 2004

    On July 10, 2004, Papa John's controlled an estimated 6.6% of the market, according to Technomic.




  • Grand Prairie, Texas, U.S.
    Thursday Mar 30, 2006

    Six Flags Received an annual Sponsorship From Papa John's

    Grand Prairie, Texas, U.S.
    Thursday Mar 30, 2006

    On March 30, 2006, Six Flags announced that its parks' pizza would exclusively be from Papa John's. In turn, Six Flags received an annual sponsorship and promotional opportunities from Papa John's.


  • Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    Nov, 2006

    Papa John's Signed With ESPN Regional Television

    Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    Nov, 2006

    In November 2006, Papa John's signed with ESPN Regional Television to become the title sponsor of the annual PapaJohns.com Bowl, a college post-season football bowl game in Birmingham, Alabama, which Papa John's continued to sponsor through 2010.


  • Jeffersonville, Indiana, U.S.
    2009

    Schnatter reacquired the Camaro back

    Jeffersonville, Indiana, U.S.
    2009

    In 2009, Schnatter reacquired the Camaro back after offering a reward of $250,000 for the car.


  • Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    2010

    The Official Pizza Sponsor of The NFL

    Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    2010

    In 2010, Papa John's signed an agreement to be the Official Pizza Sponsor of the National Football League and Super Bowls XLV, XLVI and XLVII.


  • New Hyde Park, New York, U.S.
    Sep, 2012

    Opening the 4,000th Papa John's Pizza Restaurant

    New Hyde Park, New York, U.S.
    Sep, 2012

    In September 2012 the 4,000th Papa John's Pizza restaurant opened, in New Hyde Park, New York. The company celebrated the event by giving away 4,000 free pizzas to customers throughout New York City.


  • Spain
    2016

    Papa John's Started Operating In Spain

    Spain
    2016

    Spain is the second most important European market for Papa John's. The chain has been operating in Spain since 2016, and due to its fast growth it already had 42 restaurants by late 2017. In particular, the restaurants achieved a significant presence in the Madrid province with more than half of the Spanish restaurants being located there. Papa John's expects to open at least 100 restaurants just in the province of Madrid, as well as expanding to other regions across Spain.


  • Poland
    2017

    Opening Their First Restaurant In Poland

    Poland
    2017

    In Poland, Papa John's opened their first location in 2017.


  • Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    Thursday Dec 21, 2017

    The Company CEO resign's announcement

    Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    Thursday Dec 21, 2017

    The company announced on December 21, 2017, that John Schnatter would step down as CEO of Papa John's Pizza on January 1, 2018, to be replaced as CEO by current company President Steve Ritchie with Schnatter remaining chairman at the time.


  • Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    Feb, 2018

    Papa John's Ended Their Sponsorship agreement With The NFL

    Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    Feb, 2018

    In February 2018, Papa John's and the NFL mutually agreed to end their sponsorship agreement, making Pizza Hut the new official sponsor of the NFL.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 11, 2018

    The Incident

    U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 11, 2018

    On July 11, 2018, news outlets reported that during a conference call with Papa Johns' marketing agency Laundry Services, Schnatter had used the word "nigger" by saying "Colonel Sanders called blacks niggers and Sanders never faced public backlash." Schnatter alleged that referencing the quote by the KFC founder was meant to convey his dislike for racism. After the call, the owner of the marketing agency moved to end their contract with Papa John's. Schnatter resigned as chairman of the board on the same day the incident was reported.


  • Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    Thursday Jul 26, 2018

    John Schnatter Filed a Lawsuit against Papa John's Pizza

    Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    Thursday Jul 26, 2018

    On July 26, 2018, John Schnatter filed a lawsuit against Papa John's Pizza to give him access to the company's books and records after they fired him from the company after the teleconference call scandal. He describes the company's procedures as an "unexplained and heavy-handed way" to cut ties between him and the company that he founded. In addition to preventing him from accessing information, the corporation has also implemented a poison pill strategy in order to limit Schnatter's chances of buying back a majority stake in the company.


  • Lahore, Pakistan
    2019

    Opening Their First Store In Lahore

    Lahore, Pakistan
    2019

    Papa John's opened its first store in Lahore, Pakistan in early 2019.


  • Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    Monday Feb 04, 2019

    Announcing The investements of Starboard Value in Papa's Johnes

    Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    Monday Feb 04, 2019

    On February 4, 2019, it was announced that the activist hedge fund Starboard Value, which had played a large role in turning around the troubled Olive Garden restaurant chain, would be investing $200 million into Papa John's Pizza and that Starboard could possibly invest an additional $50 million by March 29, 2019.


  • Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 05, 2019

    Papa John's announced a Settlement With Schnatter

    Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 05, 2019

    On March 5, 2019, Papa John's announced a settlement with Schnatter under which he will resign from the company's board of directors at the company's annual meeting on April 30 or when a mutually acceptable independent director is appointed to replace him, whichever comes first. Schnatter agreed to dismiss two lawsuits filed against the company and to withdraw his plan to run for a seat on the board at the annual meeting. Papa John's agreed to remove the "acting in concert" provisions from its "poison pill" plan that prevented Schnatter from communicating with other company shareholders. Schnatter, who still controls 31% of Papa John's shares, issued a statement saying he was "thankful that I've been able to resolve these important issues" and hoped everyone could now "focus on the company's business without the need for additional litigation". The company also agreed to remove a requirement that Starboard Value, which owns about 10% of the company, must vote in favor of the incumbent board.


  • Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    Friday Mar 22, 2019

    Announcing That Shaquille O'Neal Will Join Papa John's board of Directors

    Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    Friday Mar 22, 2019

    On March 22, 2019, it is announced that NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal will join Papa John's board of directors.


  • Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    May, 2019

    Entering The German Market

    Jeffersontown, Kentucky, U.S.
    May, 2019

    In May 2019 it was announced that Papa John's will enter the German market by taking over Halle/Salle-based Uno Pizza and converting their stores into Papa John's. The aim is to open up to 250 locations in Germany in the upcoming five to seven years.


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