Carrie Rengers

January 31, 2014

Papa Murphy's waits on expansion plans

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WICHITA — Papa Murphy's is not going to open a new store in the 21st and Amidon area this year as planned, but it likely will happen next year.

Last year, the chain of take-and-bake pizzas started letting customers know about its plans for 21st and Amidon. That's when the chain and its nine stores in Wichita were owned by Papa John's corporate.

Now there's a new owner, Papa's Partners, which is a group of partners from Kansas City.

"You know how it goes when you take over new ownership," says district manager Bryan Martin.

He says the owners are going to focus on best practices for now and put off expansion plans until later.

"The focus is the nine stores that are preexisting right now," Martin says.

"Wichita's definitely an area that we're looking to grow. It's definitely a market that Papa Murphy's is excited about being in, and we’re looking into it."

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