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Papa John's had its best month ever in April

The CEO said the record sales are not only due to COVID-19

Clare Wiley posted in Pizza
1y ago

Many of us have been cooking throughout coronavirus lockdown – but these new figures might give you an idea of what lots of people have been ordering in.

April 2020 was the best month in Papa John’s entire history, the company’s CEO told CNBC last week.

The pizza chain saw an almost 27% boost in comparable sales in North America during the month as quarantine affected the country in unprecedented ways. Lynch did however say that the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t the only factor driving this sales growth.

He said, “We said about 10% of that can be attributed to the tailwind of Covid and the new behaviors. So that means there is double-digit growth that is built in around other things.”

The CEO indicated Papa John’s partnerships with third-party delivery apps like DoorDash and its rewards program.

“We have 1 million new customers coming into the franchise,” he said. “A lot of those coming are in through our loyalty program.”

“We feel very confident that we have the infrastructure in place to deliver long-term, sustainable growth.”

Lynch became CEO last August. Papa John's has hit the headlines across the past year due to the erratic behavior of its former CEO, John Schnatter. Earlier this year we reported the news that Schnatter, the OG Papa John, said the current pizza “doesn’t taste so good” after sampling a staggering 40 pizzas in 30 days.

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