Papa Murphy’s: take ‘n’ bake pizza

Last Updated on April 30, 2019

Back in 1995, Terry Collins had a good idea. He bought and consolidated two well-known pizza chains: Papa Aldo’s Pizza and Murphy’s Pizza and created Papa Murphy’s.

Papa Murphy’s 1,375 U.S. Locations

Let’s take a look back…
Papa Aldo’s Pizza chain was founded in 1981 in Hillsboro, Oregon. Three years later, in Petaluma, California, Murphy’s Pizza chain opened its doors. In 1995, Terry Collins bought and consolidated the two chains to create Papa Murphy’s.

In 2003, Papa Murphy’s was voted “Best Pizza Chain in America” by Restaurants and Institutions Magazine.

A Papa Murphy’s in Gillette, Wyoming

Count the awards!
Papa Murphy’s has won numerous awards, including the platinum award for Consumers’ First Choice in pizza chains in 2006, and the Pizza Today‘s award for Chain of the Year in 2001, 2006, 2008, and 2009. In 2013 QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) Magazine, recognized Papa Murphy’s with a 2013 Franchisee Satisfaction Award and in 2014 as top Top Pizza Chain and was rated first for both quality and healthy food.

In 2010, Papa Murphy‘s sold out to Lee Equity Partners of New York. The chain’s sales totaled $702 million in 2011, which grew to $800 million in 2012 from 1,350 outlets.

Want a pizza? You can call in, walk in or place your order online. Some stores even have a drive-thru where customers can pick up their called in orders.

And now, for a really hot pizza!
Want your pizza really hot? Well, when your order one from Papa Murphy‘s, it arrives ready to pop into your own oven. This keeps the cost lower than other pizza shops and your pizza gets delivered faster. Papa Murphy’s also offers salads and bake-at-home chocolate chip cookie dough, cheesy bread, cinnamon wheels and Smores dessert pizzas.

In April, 2019, Canadian company MTY Food Group, Inc. which also owns such chains as Baton Rouge, Country Style Donuts, Mr. Sub, Timothy’s Coffee and Extreme Pita, to name just a few, has reached an agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Papa Murphy’s for $6.45 per share, or approximately $190 million.

With more than 35 years of providing quality products made with fresh and wholesome ingredients, Papa Murphy’s unique concept is a winning formula.

Gloria Sauvé
Communications and Marketing

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