Papa John's ended its $10 any topping, any pizza deal about six weeks ago, and so far sales haven't suffered, the company says, despite the ongoing $10 pizza deal at competitor Pizza Hut. Papa John's, which saw $10 pizza sales peak during Super Bowl weekend, also said it's continuing cost-cutting efforts including salary reductions and instituting a "tip credit" pay system for delivery drivers in states where it's permitted.
John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John's International, announced that he will be the company's permanent chief. The company also announced it will hire Joseph Jude Thompson, a career health care executive, as president and chief operating officer.
Pizza Hut has opened up a new front in its long-dormant ad battle with Papa John's International, launching a new campaign in which delivery drivers rate Pizza Hut pan pies over Papa John's and Domino's. A Papa John's spokesman said he hoped the ads would continue because they help alert the public to Papa John's relatively new pan pizzas.