If you've been wishing for a Papa John's Pizza in Jamestown, your wish has come true.
The Bajco Group headquartered in Niles, Ohio, will be locating a Papa John's Pizza at 709 W. Third St., in the former location of Curves.
Nadeem S. Bajwa, Bajco Group chief executive officer, said his company has been wanting to open a restaurant in the Jamestown area for some time. He said his company has opened a location in Buffalo and has pizza shops in Erie, Pa., so Jamestown was the next logical move for his business.
The new Papa John’s Pizza, located at 709 W. Third St., will be opening sometime this month.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips
''This is a great area to be in and to be the only one in Jamestown is an honor. We're excited to be part of the community,'' he said. ''We feel people will enjoy Papa John's here.''
No exact date has been set for when Papa John's will open. Bajwa said by the end of this month, the restaurant should be open.
The Bajco Group was started in 2002, opening its first Papa John's in East Liverpool, Ohio. Now the business has 85 stores in Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and in Ontario, Canada.
''They are a very good company to be partnered with,'' Bajwa said. ''The concept is very simple. Better ingredients. Better pizza.''
Bajwa started his career in the pizza business at the bottom and, through the years, has worked his way to the top.
''I started as a delivery driver and worked my way up,'' he said.
Bajwa said Papa John's is an award-winning pizza business, with several recognitions from the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The Jamestown Papa John's will have an online ordering system that is state-of-the-art so people can make orders for takeout and delivery.