Shaquille O'Neal launches its first Papa John's location in Atlanta
Shaquille O'Neal launches its first Papa John's location in Atlanta

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal has launched his first Papa John’s location in Atlanta. This is one of nine locations he’s opening across the area.

O’Neal’s new Papa John’s franchise is located at 990 State St. NW on Georgia Tech University’s main campus. The restaurant features design elements chosen by the former NBA star, including his signature on the front of the building and his size 22 footprints at the front door.

O’Neal said, “I am thrilled to be taking my investment in Papa John’s to the next level. My investment shows my commitment to the company and was a natural fit. I’ve been a fan of Papa John’s pizza since my days playing basketball at LSU. I could not be prouder of what we have in store for Atlanta as we strive to deliver the city a great pizza experience.”

Steve Ritchie, CEO of Papa John’s, stated, “O’Neal’s new partnership with Papa John’s, which has more than 5,000 locations across the world,  will bring a new face to the company that represents a passion for pizza and expert business acumen.”

“Papa John’s franchisees are entrepreneurs who have a shared passion for pizza and the communities they serve. Shaquille is no exception. Shaquille’s experience in the restaurant industry and his love for our products make him a welcome addition to our team,” he added.

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