Papa John’s says that their sales are all the way up as customers staying home amid the coronavirus crisis keep ordering up pizzas through the chain's “no contact” deliveries — in which the pizza is left outside the customer’s door in a sealed box — to protect diners and employees alike.
The pizza chain said Tuesday that its comparable sales in North America rose 5.3 percent in the three months ending March 29 even as the pandemic roiled the dining industry. Papa John’s is “nearly fully operational” in most of its markets even though restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of the virus have forced some restaurants to close, president and CEO Rob Lynch said. “Our international and domestic businesses have performed well, as customers and communities rely on us and others in the food delivery industry,” Lynch said in a business update to investors.
This news comes after Papa John’s announced plans last week to hire 20,000 workers as the coronavirus crisis put millions of Americans out of work.