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Papa John’s Delivers First Modular Pod to Haven’s Riviere Sands Resort

 Leading pizza franchise Papa John’s has literally ‘delivered’ a new store to UK holiday park operator, Haven’s Riviere Sands resort in Cornwall.   The new ‘modular pod’ is a new containerised solution, mainly built off site and craned into position ready for the holiday season.  


Amit Pancholi, business development director, Papa John’s UK explains: “We offer flexible formats for our franchised stores.  This may be a mobile delivery unit, right up to a fully built and customized store.  We worked together with Haven to develop the Riviere Sands modular pod which now demonstrates Papa John’s flexibility and diverse franchise options suitable for resorts, stadiums, leisure venues, amusement parks and more!


papa-johns“For Haven’s Riviere Sands park the team chose a bespoke modular 12x5m unit which is built off site and delivered on a low loader.  The modular pod is an efficient, effective solution that minimizes site construction disruption.   Once in situ, finalization of the build, including the heavy items such as oven and refrigeration are added, and connection to be up and running is completed in a matter of days.”


Lucy Greene, Brand Opening & Development Manager, Haven confirms: “We are super excited about the modular unit!  We lacked space within our existing buildings at Riviere Sands and so the pod is ideal!  We have been able to place it precisely where we wanted – in the highest foot-fall area of the park – with minimal disruption for our guests.


“Going modular also offers more opportunities to add further Papa John’s to other Haven parks in the future too.  The format is totally bespoke, so we could even opt for a larger unit encompassing indoor seating for example.  As for now, our guests are certainly enjoying a taste of Papa John’s at our Riviere Sands park.” 


Haven, part of the Bourne Leisure Group, owned by Blackstone, now has 29 Papa John’s located at its popular seaside holiday parks around the UK.   The holiday park operator also opened new Papa John’s at Berwick Holiday Park near Berwick-Upon-Tweed and Wild Duck near Great Yarmouth earlier this year.  


papa-johnsAmit Pancholi continues: “The delivery of the pod at Riviere Sands is proof of concept that complies with all building regulations and opens up opportunities for leisure venues, stadiums and holiday parks and could even be supplied to be positioned in a pub car park.  Planning permission can be easier to obtain depending on site, and with a 40-year design life, the pods can be more cost effective than a long property lease.”


For those interested in running a multi-unit franchise or opening-up in a ‘non-traditional’ location, Papa John’s offers incentives in addition to world-class support, comprehensive training and national marketing.  As a franchisor, Papa John’s supplies all the assistance needed to get your successful Papa John’s up and running.



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