Archive September 2011

Papa John’s Announces Its Grand Opening In Pickerington

The Papa John’s Pizza of Central Ohio franchise group Johncol, Inc.’s Operating Partner Charles Burris is pleased to announce the opening of a new Papa John’s Pizza restaurant in Pickerington.

The Pickerington restaurant, located at 1201 Hill Road North (next to Big Lots) began servicing the Pickerington area on September 8th and is open for delivery, carryout and online ordering at This Friday the 14th from Noon-1pm join the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce, the Columbus Blue Jackets Mascot “Stinger”, and the entire Papa John’s of Central Ohio team for the official ribbon cutting. “Stinger” from the Blue Jackets will be giving away some CBJ merchandise and a chance to win tickets to a game! There will be other great door prizes including a year of FREE Pizza and samples from Papa John’s Pizza.

 “We’re very excited about our newest location in Pickerington. They have given us an extremely warm welcome and we look forward to our partnership with this great community for years to come,” said Charles Burris, Operating Partner for the Papa John’s Pizza of Central Ohio franchise group Johncol, Inc.

Papa John’s remains focused on using the highest quality ingredients to make its customers superior-quality products including original and thin crust pizzas, Cheesesticks, Wings and Chickenstrips. Papa John’s makes the crust of every traditional pizza with fresh dough (never frozen) prepared with clear-filtered water in the company’s regional quality control centers. Papa John’s uses only fresh-packed tomato sauce made from vine-ripened tomatoes, which go from the vine to the can in an average of six hours, 100% mozzarella cheese and vegetables that are cut fresh in the restaurant every day.

Johncol, Inc. the local franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza is based in Columbus with 23 franchise restaurants headed up by Franchisee Allen Hertzman and Operating Partner Charles Burris. The Johncol team was recognized as the 2010 Papa John’s Franchisee of the Year. Hertzman opened his first Papa John’s Restaurant on Bethel Road in 1991. Since then Johncol has expanded in the greater Columbus area including locations in Delaware, Marion, Mansfield and Newark/Heath. Johncol, Inc. also recently signed a multi-year partnership as the official pizza of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Papa John’s is the exclusive pizza sold at Nationwide Arena.

Columbus Blue Jackets & Papa John’s Columbus Announce New Multiyear Partnership

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Papa John’s Pizza announced today a new multiyear partnership that makes the world’s third largest pizza company the official pizza of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Papa John’s will be the exclusive pizza sold at Nationwide Arena starting tonight at Blue Jackets FanFest presented by Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Laboratories from 5-9PM. During tonight’s event, fans may visit the Papa John’s concession stand that anchors the food offerings on the Bud Light Terrace located on the arena’s main concourse.

The fully integrated partnership is highlighted by a host of in-market and in-game promotions as well as traditional in-arena messaging elements. Every Monday during hockey season, Papa John’s customers and Blue Jackets fans have a chance to score free toppings thanks to the weekly Blue Jackets Special – a large cheese pizza for just $9.99, complete with a free topping for every goal that the team scores in its last game. The number of free toppings doubles with a Jackets win. In addition, the Blue Jackets and Papa John’s are also teaming up to offer a monthly contest in which businesses may register online for a chance to win a pizza party at the office and Blue Jackets game tickets.

“We are very excited to partner with the central Ohio franchise group to bring the strength of Papa John’s national brand to our team,” said Cameron Scholvin, Columbus Blue Jackets Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. “We’re particularly looking forward to engaging Blue Jackets fans throughout the year via Papa John’s marketplace activations.”

“Our entire organization has always been big fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets,” said Charles Burris, Operating Partner for the Central Ohio franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza. “This multiyear partnership marks our first with a central Ohio sports team and our number one focus will be on the fans, with exciting promotions in game and out in the local community.”

The partnership further reaches the youth hockey and skating community with messaging at the Chiller Ice Rinks and presenting sponsorship of Chiller birthday parties held at the suburban rinks.

Also, when the Blue Jackets celebrate their 11th National Hockey League Opening Night on Friday, Oct. 7 against the Nashville Predators, all fans in attendance will receive a 2011-12 Blue Jackets magnet schedule courtesy of Papa John’s.

Papa John’s to give away 1 million pizzas to Papa Rewards members throughout NFL season

Papa John’s, the Official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL, announced today that it is kicking off the 2011 NFL regular season where it left off at Super Bowl XLV – offering all of America the chance to win a free large one-topping pizza.

With the season set to kick off this Thursday, Papa John’s is rewriting the playbook by announcing the first-ever and one-of-a-kind Million Pizza Giveaway to members of its Papa Rewards online customer loyalty program.

“We are pleased to bring the excitement of free pizza during football season to our existing loyal customers and new enrollees in the Papa Rewards loyalty program at,” said Andrew Varga, Papa John’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The Million Pizza Giveaway gets our pizza right where we want it – in the mouths of consumers. Once consumers try Papa John’s quality pizza, they will come back again and again – and the Papa Rewards program will reward them for it.”

Beginning today, current Papa Rewards members and consumers who sign up for Papa Rewards at will have the chance to be randomly selected to receive one of the 60,000 free large one-topping pizzas Papa John’s will award each week during the NFL regular season in the form of 20 Papa Rewards points deposited in their account. Consumers can enroll any time throughout the regular season, and can also get information about the Million Pizza Giveaway by liking Papa John’s on Facebook.
Papa John’s is in the second year of a multi-year sponsorship with the NFL and is also the Official Pizza of the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins.