Papa John’s sees a boycott of Russia four years after the founder’s crisis

Papa John’s is once again facing a backlash on social media. This time it goes beyond the owner’s decision to keep the store open in Russia during the war with Ukraine.

Independent franchise owner Christopher Win has refused to close nearly 200 stores in Russia, even after announcing that it will suspend all business operations in Russia after being attacked by Moscow.

Last week, the chain issued a statement announcing the suspension of operations in Russia while providing assistance to Ukrainian refugees.

“Papa John’s has suspended all business activities in Russia. All restaurants have suspended all operations, marketing, business support, and involvement in the Russian market, which is owned by an independent franchisee. . “

The choice to keep 190 stores open in Russia depends only on Win, but the Papajon brand is in dire straits in his decision.

Many people used Twitter in protest of Win’s decision.

“Boycott Papajon’s pizza refused to close 190 stores in Russia. Thank you.” Written by a Twitter user..

“The torture of the Papa John’s Open in Russia is not enough for the Russian people.” Written by another user..

Papa John’s refused to close the store in Russia, even though independent franchise owner Christopher Win said he would stop all business operations in Russia following the attack on Ukraine. Faced with a backlash again.
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Win responded to the controversy over his decision: “The best thing I can do as an individual is to be considerate of people, my employees, franchisees and customers without judging them for a powerful politician. To show, “he said. New York Times..

In a statement about Win’s move, Papa John’s said the move to temporarily suspend operations in Russia was “supported by the majority of team members, franchisees, customers and communities around the world.” rice field.

Some supported Papa John’s, saying it wasn’t the company’s fault that Win refused to close the store.

“It’s a little more complicated than that.” Written by another user.. “Papajon’s DOES wants to close it[sic] Although it is a Russian door, the store in Russia is owned by a franchisee owner named Christopher Win and refuses to close the door. In fact, he plans to open more stores. “

Papa John’s has decided to suspend operations in Russia like other well-known chains such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and KFC.

Papa John’s headlined in 2018 after faced criticism of founder John Schnatter’s use of n-word in a conference call. Schnatter used n-word in his training exercises. Forbes When asked how to distance himself from the racist group, Schnatter said, “Colonel Sanders called blacks n *****,” and received public opposition. There was no.

Newsweek I asked Papa John’s for comment, but the spokesman said there was nothing to add.

Correction 03/19/22, 1:00 pm ET: This article and headline have been changed to clarify that the decision to keep Russian stores open belongs to Win, not the company.

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