LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Papa John’s announcement Thursday that it’s creating a new global headquarters in Atlanta came with assurances to allay fears that, yet again, another corporation headquartered in Louisville is heading for greener pastures.
The homegrown pizza chain said Georgia’s biggest city will become Papa John’s second base of U.S. operations with key departments, including marketing and franchise development, heading south.
That drew a worried response from John Schnatter, the company founder who said he was “saddened” by the decision. Despite pledging to maintain a presence in Louisville, “I’m concerned that the relationship won’t be the same as it was for three successful decades,” Schnatter said in a statement.
The company said about 550 of its 750 corporate jobs would remain in Kentucky, a decision that chief executive Rob Lynch insisted speaks volumes about the company’s continuing commitment to Louisville.
“We’re happy and excited to maintain a large corporate