As of Sep 24, 2017, there were 5,101 Papa John's restaurants operating in all 50 states and 45 countries, including 742 company-operated and 4,359 franchised restaurants, of which 3,439 were in North America.

In fiscal 2016, systemwide, the company opened 343 new restaurants and closed 139 existing restaurants, with the bulk of unit growth attributed to franchises internationally. During the first nine months of fiscal 2017, the company opened 216 restaurants and closed 212 restaurants, systemwide. In fiscal 2017, the company expects worldwide net unit growth of 4% to 5%.

Most company-operated restaurants are located in leased space. Initial lease terms are typically 5 years, with renewal options for at least one additional term. Leases are generally triple net leases.

Restaurants are typically located in strip shopping centers or freestanding buildings that provide visibility, curb appeal and accessibility, and can be configured to fit a wide variety of building shapes and sizes. A typical domestic inline or end cap Papa John's restaurant averages 1,100 to 1,500 square feet with visible exterior signage. Non-traditional units are located in food courts at airports, universities or military bases, or event-driven services at facilities such as sports stadiums or entertainment venues, and are designed to fit the unique requirements of the venue. International restaurant formats are slightly smaller, averaging between 900 and 1,400 square feet, and some have dine-in options.

Company-operated restaurants742744752735723696
Company-operated restaurant growth-4.6%-1.1%2.3%1.7%3.9%10.8%
Franchised restaurants4,3594,3534,1413,9283,7053,467
Franchised restaurant growth4.0%5.1%5.4%6.0%6.9%6.5%
Systemwide restaurants5,1015,0974,8934,6634,4284,163
Systemwide restaurant growth2.6%4.2%4.9%5.3%6.4%7.2%
Avg restaurant gross sq ft1,3001,3001,3001,3001,3001,300
Avg restaurant gross sq ft growth-0.2%-0.3%-0.4%-0.6%-0.6%-0.4%