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In all, Papa John's now expects special charges, including that $10 million earmarked for marketing, to range from $50 million to $60 million, up from a prior forecast of $30 million to $50 million.

The chain projects full-year North American same-store sales to fall 6.5 to 8.5 percent, a bit of an improvement from its prior forecast from July, which called for a decline in the range of 7 to 10 percent.

So far this year, 161 Papa John's U.S. locations have closed and another 66 have been opened, for a net closure of 85 U.S. shops. The total number of locations was unchanged at 3,441 in 2017. As of Sept. 30, the chain has 3,356 U.S. shops. The majority of locations are owned by franchisees.

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