By Hannah-Farrah Abdulla
Murphy's International is fifth-largest pizza chain in US; to open in Dubai before end of 2012
US pizza chain Papa Murphy’s International will open 100 outlets across the GCC following the signing of a master franchise agreement with MAM Foodco LLC.
The first branch is set to open in Dubai before the end of 2012. Papa Murphy’s is said to be the fifth largest pizza chain in the US and this will be its first venture outside of North America.
"It's is a thrilling chapter for us," said Jim Perkins, vice president of international development at Papa Murphy's. "We've found a great partner in MAM Foodco. The relationship has been building now for well over a year, we've established a solid trust with the team, and I'm confident this brand has the potential to do very well in the Middle East."
Papa Murphy’s currently operates 1,287 outlets in the US and 15 in Canada.
"We have no doubt that Papa Murphy's North American success will carry across the globe. It is certain to become a favorite of the Middle Eastern foodies, who will appreciate the great quality pizza, fresh ingredients and the uniqueness of the take 'n' bake experience that has made Papa Murphy's the number one choice for US consumers," said Mohamed Aaly Maghrabi, founder of MAM Foodco. "We are looking forward to continued success with the brand across the GCC".For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Oh goody goody. I can hardly wait. We REALLY needed another cut-n-paste pizza chain. And one with an Irish (famous for their pizza tradiitions) name. Fabulous.