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The Shaq deal is a slam dunk for Papa John’s

Adding the well-liked personality to the board and its marketing gives the chain positive buzz for the first time in a while, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

Shaquille O’Neal is joining Papa John’s board

The former NBA star is also investing in nine locations and will be an ambassador for the brand.

The partnership will expand the chain's delivery radius in rural and some suburban areas.

The departure of John Schnatter from its board removes a distraction, but it could put more pressure on management to turn things around, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The company and its estranged founder have reached an agreement that paves the way for his replacement as a director.

Domino’s and Wingstop are both planning to put more stores in strong markets. RB’s The Bottom Line takes a look at the strategy and its risks.

The chain closed 104 domestic locations in 2018 after same-store sales fell amid the dispute with John Schnatter.

But the company opened its most stores in 20 years last year as operators shift to unit growth.

An analyst suggests operators are struggling, which is a problem given heavy pizza price competition, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Blaze Pizza is the latest to test larger pizzas as it focuses more intently on delivery sales—pitting the chains directly against traditional players.