Papa John’s International Inc. credited newer menu items with helping to retain customers gained during the pandemic and leading to a North America same-store sales gain of 5.2% in the second quarter ended June 27, executives said Thursday.

The Louisville, Ky.-based pizza brand said second quarter same-store-sales results were up 33% in North America from the same pre-pandemic period in 2019. Second quarter international same-store sales were up 21.2%, the company said.

Rob Lynch, Papa John’s president and CEO, said on an earnings call with analysts that the continued strength of new products drew “strong customer acquisition and helped us retain many of the new customers that we acquired in 2020.


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