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Financing

Papa John’s invests $80M into franchisees and marketing

The company will provide royalty relief to operators and add to the chain’s ad fund in a bid to improve the brand’s recovery.

Financing

A look at Papa John’s $8M deal with Shaq

RB’s The Bottom Line looks at what it took Papa John’s to land NBA great Shaquille O’Neal as a director and spokesman.

NPC International, which also owns Wendy’s units, make the pizza chain’s turnaround more difficult, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The polished-casual chain hired a COO, CMO and, late last year, a chief culinary officer.

The chain lost its place as the country’s largest pizza chain mostly because it has too many dine-in locations, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The company is changing its pan pizza for the first time since it debuted in 1980.

Its latest funding round gives the fast-casual pizza chain plenty of cash to accomplish its goals, with a public offering possible down the line.

The company has generated excitement with the Starboard investment and addition of Shaquille O’Neal, but sales growth remains key to its comeback.

The pizza chain’s founder has hired advisers to explore a sale of all or some of his shares.

The industry veteran had worked with KFC, Ignite and Granite City.

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