US-based pizza restaurant chain Papa Johns International has extended its alliance with PJP Investments Group (PJP) to open 650 restaurants in India within the next decade.

The opening of the first restaurant is planned in the Southern Indian city of Bengaluru in 2024.

This will be followed by other cities in South India and then other regions of the country later on.

The company’s chief international and development officer Amanda Clark said: “Papa Johns global momentum continues, in partnership with seasoned, successful restaurant operators like PJP Investments.

“PJP Investments first partnered with Papa Johns to expand into the UAE in 2005. We are excited that their commitment to the flawless execution of our high standards is now being brought to India.”

PJP is one of Papa Johns’ longest-tenured international franchisee partners and currently operates more than 100 restaurants across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan.

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Plans are to launch the first outlet in Iraq next year.

PJP aims to operate around 1,000 outlets by 2033.

PJP Investments Group CEO Tapan Vaidya said: “We are excited to bring the ‘Better ingredients. Better Pizza’ promise of Papa Johns to pizza lovers in India.

“Building on the success of our partnership in the Middle East, this expansion of the renowned brand in South Asia will introduce an enormous new customer base to the superior quality pizza that can come only from high-quality ingredients and our fresh, never-frozen original dough.”