Date Posted: April 03, 2012
VANCOUVER, Wash. – April 3, 2012 – Papa Murphy’s International today announced the appointment of its Canada franchise rights to Papa M Pizza Canada Inc. The master franchisee is accelerating Papa Murphy’s Canada footprint with a push to open 80 stores within the next 10 years. Papa Murphy’s opened its first take ‘n’ bake pizza store in Surrey, British Columbia in 2006 and has since opened 17 others in BC and Alberta. Combined with the U.S. store count, the Consumer Reports-ranked chain operates over 1,300 locations in North America.
Ken Calwell, CEO at Papa Murphy’s, recognizes the power this agreement puts behind the brand’s growth potential in Canada. “Papa M Pizza Canada has been a franchise entity for over four years and has proven that it has what it takes to drive expansion in Canada. We’re encouraged by the team’s leadership and its ability to raise awareness of the take and bake concept with the Canadian audience.”
Chuck van der Lee, owner of Papa M Pizza Canada, plans to expand Papa Murphy’s from the west to the east. “Initially we’ll focus on our existing markets as well as add stores throughout Western Canada,” said van der Lee. “I’m confident the concept will be very well received as we continue to grow.”
About Papa Murphy’s
Papa Murphy’s is the fifth-largest pizza chain in the country and a revolutionary of the take ‘n’ bake pizza segment. Papa Murphy’s operates over 1,300 franchised and corporate-owned locations in 37 states and Canada. The Vancouver, Wash.-based company offers custom-made pizzas featuring high-quality, fresh toppings generously layered on pizza dough that is made fresh each morning in each store. By baking Papa Murphy’s pizzas at home, customers get to experience the home-baked aroma of a convenient, delicious meal that the brand is known for. In addition to handmade pizzas, the company offers other take ‘n’ bake items such as Cheesy Bread, Cinnamon Wheels, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Papa Murphy’s was voted “#1 Rated Pizza Chain” by participants in Zagat Survey’s 2010 & 2011 Fast Food Surveys and is a four-time recipient of Pizza Today’sChain of the Year award.