Three Spokane-area Papa John’s restaurants that closed in January will reopen, starting today.
Preston House, owner of six Boise-area Papa John’s, said relaunch of the 101 N. Argonne Road store will be followed by reopenings Thursday at 920 W. Indiana Ave. and Monday at 2023 E. Wellesley Ave.
House said he has hired 40-plus employees, including more than a dozen who lost their jobs Jan. 25 when a former franchisee abruptly closed 12 stores in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.
House added that he is offering signing bonuses to former Papa John’s employees who did not receive their final paychecks from the previous operator.
More area Papa John’s stores may reopen, House said, although loss of a lease at the South Hill store will force a relocation there.
Two Tri-Cities stores abandoned by the same former franchisee reopened three weeks ago, and business has been good, House said.
He said he has owned the Boise-area stores for four years and has worked for Papa John’s for 10 years.
He is making minor repairs and catching up on maintenance at the Spokane-area stores, which will be updated later, he said.
“We’re going to shine them up a little,” he said.
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