Papa John’s Pizza Statistics and Facts (2021) | By the Numbers

Papa John's Pizza Statistics facts

Papa John's is a true American success story. A young entrepreneur sells his prized Camaro to buy a few pieces of pizza equipment and sells pizzas out of the broom closet in his dad's bar. Fast forward three decades later and that broom closet pizza operation has turned into a multi-billion enterprise and one of the largest restaurant chains in the world.

Oh, and he got the car back 26 years later...

So just how big has Papa John's become? Here are the more interesting Papa John's pizza statistics and fun facts I was able to dig up. As always, I will be adding more and updating these periodically as I find new stuff. Be sure to check back regularly.

Papa John's Pizza Facts

  • Year Papa John's first opened: 1983
  • Location of first Papa John's restaurant: Jeffersonville, Indiana
  • Papa John's Founder: John Schnatter
  • Current CEO: Steve Ritchie
  • Headquarters: Jeffersontown, KY

Papa John's Pizza Statistics

Number of pizzas Papa John's sells annually:

350 million pizzas

Last updated 7/30/15

Number of slices of pizza total Papa John's sells annually:

2.8 billion slices

Last updated 7/30/15

How many Papa John's restaurants are there?

Number of countries with Papa John's restaurants in them:

44 countries

Last updated 12/31/17

Number of Papa John's restaurants outside the US:


Last updated 5/8/18

Number of Papa John's restaurants in China:


Last updated 1/1/16

Percentage of all Papa John's sales that come from digital/mobile ordering:

more than 50%

Last updated 3/25/16

Papa John's number of employees:

120,000 (100,000 at franchises and 20,000 at corporate stores)

Last updated 1/1/16

Total Papa John's annual sales:

Number of Papa John's franchised restaurants:


Last updated 1/1/16

Typical size of a Papa John's restaurant:

1,100-1,500 sq ft

Number of Papa John's restaurants that opened in 2015:


Number of Papa John's restaurants that closed in 2015:


Number of Papa John's pizzas sold on Super Bowl Sunday annually:

1 million

Last updated 1/25/15

Percentage of Papa John's domestic pizza sales that come from online orders:

more than 55%

Last updated 3/9/17

Number of Papa John's restaurants opened per year:

Number of Papa John's restaurants closed per year:

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