A perfect pizza night will soon be more convenient for Bonney Lake residents. Papa Johns is opening a new location on 410 in Bonney Lake, next to Rite Aid.
With origins dating back to 1999 when they opened the first Papa Johns in the region, the ownership group behind the Bonney Lake location has solid roots in the South Sound.
“We’re from here,” says Matt Edwards, Franchise Owner and Tacoma, Washington native. “We grew up here, and we’ve been serving pizza here for over 20 years.”
Edwards was the General Manager of the first Papa Johns in the Puget Sound. Now, the company he’s part of has 24 Papa Johns restaurants, with the new Bonney Lake location making 25.
It’s also a family business. Dave Edwards, Franchise Owner and the brother of Matt Edwards shares, “My life’s work is Papa Johns. It’s not only my career, it’s who I am.”
Local ties run deep for these owners, and the positive impact for the community begins opening day at the Bonney Lake Papa Johns.
“For the first week we’re open, we’re donating 10 percent of all sales to Bonney Lake High School,” says Jesse Smith, Franchise Owner and native of Kent, Washington.
Smith began his career with Papa Johns as a delivery driver in Kent and has worked his way up to becoming a Franchise Owner. “It’s incredible to be part of a company with such strong values, and to share that with our team members,” says Smith. “We are always excited to hire talented new team members and give them an opportunity to grow with us, like I did.”
This new Papa Johns location will support the Bonney Lake community with 25 new jobs.
“Our company values character, integrity and doing the right thing,” commented Matt Edwards. “We’re excited to be here in Bonney Lake, to become integrated into the community and to be part of guests’ lives when they order pizza for a family night, a big game or a birthday party. We love to serve guests with a smile and give them a reason to return.”
The Bonney Lake Papa Johns restaurant is celebrating their grand opening with several special offers, including a large one-topping pizza for $8.99 and the chance for 10 Papa Rewards members to win free pizza for a year.
The restaurant opens on Thursday, Sept. 21 and is located at 21302 WA-410 in Bonney Lake.