Papa John’s is expanding its footprint in the Northeast as sales surge during the coronavirus pandemic with more consumers staying in and ordering out.

The company announced Thursday a deal in which franchisee HB Restaurant Group will open 49 new locations in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey by 2028. It’s one of Papa John’s biggest such deals in two decades.

HB Restaurant Group currently owns 43 restaurants in the mid-Atlantic area and has been a Papa John’s franchisee since April 2019.


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