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Papa John’s to pay frontline workers, supply-chain associates $2.5M in bonuses

Move follows earlier bonuses to certain employees in restaurants, distribution

Papa John’s will provide $2.5M for frontline workers at its corporate restaurants and those working in supply chain, announced the company. A total of 14,000 team members will receive the end-of-year bonus. This follows an earlier bonus that provided targeted increases to some corporate restaurant team members and supply chain associates, including incentives and crisis pay.

The pizza franchise is certainly demonstrating it’s on a comeback. In its third quarter, Papa John’s posted year-over-year comp sales growth of 23.8 percent globally and increased US comp sales by 18.2 percent from last year. Last quarter, it also announced share repurchasing initiatives to the tune of $75M.


In November, the company selected its new Atlanta HQ to support various corporate functions, which will move by summer 2021. Personnel involved in marketing, communications, customer experience, operations, HR, communications, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, and development activities, in addition to the diversity, equity and inclusion team. will move to a new facility that includes a state of the art test kitchen.

Never has Papa John’s growth and success depended on our team member’s hard work, steadfast dedication and commitment to safety as much as this year.

The move to the Battery in Atlanta is meant to align Papa John’s operations with the franchise’s most concentrated corporate market and also take advantage of a pool of restaurant industry talent located in the area.

[Related article: Papa John’s picks new Atlanta corporate HQ]

Inspire Brands is not a direct competitor but is an example of another large restaurant company that is located in Atlanta. Papa John’s also picked the city for its Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, providing easy-access to international travel.

Rob Lynch, president and chief executive, commented, “Never has Papa John’s growth and success depended on our team member’s hard work, steadfast dedication and commitment to safety as much as this year. In particular, our front-line workers in our restaurants and supply chain have been a constant source of positivity and commitment throughout this challenging year, enabling Papa John’s to deliver to millions of new and returning customers.”


What’s more, Papa John’s hired 30,000 team members this year. And mid-year bonuses, expanded benefits to corporate employees, including free, virtual doctor visits, also became a reality. Furthermore, The Louisville, Ky.-based pizza chain raised $3.6M for COVID-19 relief and to promote racial justice.

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