Papa Gino’s plans N.H. expansion

As part of its planned expansion both in and out of New England, the Papa Gino’s Pizzeria chain hopes to nearly double the number of its quick-service Italian restaurants over the next five years – including a plan to open several new eateries in New Hampshire.

The company’s growth plan is based on offering franchise opportunities for the first time in its more than 45-year history.

Among the Granite State communities targeted for new franchise sites are Manchester, Keene, Merrimack, Nashua, North Conway, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Tilton and West Lebanon.

There are currently 17 company-owned Papa Gino’s restaurants operating in New Hampshire.

“After more than 45 years of following a corporate model, we are extremely excited to offer franchise opportunities within our core market,” said Tony Padulo, senior vice president of franchise development for Papa Gino’s Pizzeria.

Available franchise opportunities include single- and multi-unit ownerships and possible area developments.

Franchise fees are $20,000 and initial investment for a 3,000-square-foot location – large enough to accommodate 76 customers – typically runs between $600,000 and $900,000.

New franchise owners take part in an eight-week training program, receive ongoing operational support and benefit from the company’s research and development of new products and preparation procedures.

The movement toward franchises is one of a number of upcoming changes for Papa Gino’s.

The new growth strategy also includes a logo redesign and more up-to-date restaurant designs with upgraded booths, tables and chairs and easily seen preparation and baking areas.

Introduced in 1961, Papa Gino’s Pizzeria is headquartered in Dedham, Massachusetts and operates 378 company-owned restaurants and employs 5,000 people. – TRACIE STONE

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