Papa Johns: Pizza chain to shut three ‘underperforming’ takeaways in South Yorkshire

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The firm has not said how many people will lose their jobs

Fast food business Papa Johns has confirmed plans to axe 43 "underperforming" locations across the country.

They will close by mid-May following a consultation process, Papa Johns International said.

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Papa Johns takeaways are closing in Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster. Papa Johns takeaways are closing in Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster.
Papa Johns takeaways are closing in Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster.

It includes three sites in South Yorkshire: 65 Hall Gate Doncaster, 21 Wellgate Rotherham and Upper New Street Barnsley.

The company has not confirmed how many staff will be impacted by closures.

The group had previously said it planned "strategic closures" to free up money for investment and improving profitability at its remaining UK sites.

Three in Sheffield are unaffected: Ecclesall Road, Halifax Road and Prince of Wales Road.

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Chris Phylactou, managing director of Papa Johns UK, said: "Our priority is our team members, who will be fully supported throughout this process.

"Our goal is to work with impacted team members and attempt to find redeployment opportunities where available.

"We understand the impact this will have on our team members and are committed to supporting them during this time."

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Papa Johns said it plans to increase investment in research and technology, such as better utilising customer data, as part of its UK strategy.

It also said it will look at the development of new types of sites beyond traditional restaurants, such as expanding into holiday parks, and is set to "announce other large retail partners in the coming months."

Mr Phylactou added: "While this is a difficult decision, closing these underperforming locations will give us the opportunity to invest back into the right locations with the right partners for long-term growth.

"We are focused on driving shared profitable growth across our UK restaurants, by continuing to make improvements to our business to ensure that we are well positioned for the future.

"We have been encouraged by the results so far from these initiatives."

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