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Papa John’s Delivers New Global Headquarters to Atlanta, Georgia

Papa John’s selected metro Atlanta, Georgia, to open a new global headquarters in 2021. The project is expected to create 200 jobs..

“Papa John’s already has a major corporate presence in Georgia and metro Atlanta, and we know the many strengths of the region. So, we’re especially excited to be expanding here, as part of our long-term growth plans,” added Papa John’s CEO and President Rob Lynch. “We owe our record momentum over the past nine months to the commitment, dedication, and innovation of our team members. Our ability to tap into the diversity and talent of the metro Atlanta area will help us accelerate that growth.”

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Papa John’s to the strong list of internationally known U.S. companies that have chosen the Peach State for their global headquarters,” said Governor Brian P. Kemp. “As the Top State for Business for seven consecutive years, these leading businesses know that Georgia has what they need to continue to thrive and expand. I'm confident that Papa John’s will continue finding success in Georgia, and I look forward to seeing the exceptional opportunities this brings to hardworking Georgians across metro Atlanta.”

According to company officials, as part of the company’s strategic reorganization and opening of its new headquarters facility, key corporate functions, including menu innovation, marketing, e-commerce, HR, diversity, operations excellence, communications, and development jobs will be moved to metro Atlanta.

“We are pleased to welcome Papa John’s to metro Atlanta,” said Katie Kirkpatrick, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Papa John’s will certainly benefit from our region’s skilled talent pool, expertise in the restaurant/franchise industry, world class airport, and business-friendly environment.”

Director of Corporate Solutions & Cyber Security Kristi Brigman represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce division on this competitive project in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Power.

“Papa John’s decision to open a headquarters in Georgia and expand in the state is a testament to our diverse pipeline of talent and the pro-business environment that we have fostered at both the state and local levels,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “I am grateful to Governor Kemp and to our economic development partners for helping us continue to deliver jobs and opportunities to Georgians.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development noted “this announcement comes on the heels of Area Development naming Georgia the “Top State for Doing Business” for a record-breaking seventh year in a row. This achievement is determined by the rankings that states receive from site selectors who help corporations choose the right location for long-term success. These weighted scores include categories such as overall cost of doing business, cooperative and responsive state government, workforce development programs, speed of permitting, logistics and infrastructure, available real estate, and other factors. Georgia ranked No. 1 in 10 of the 13 categories and placed in the top five in the other three categories.”

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