SOURCE: Papa Murphy's International

September 11, 2006 12:44 ET

Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza Announces 25th Anniversary

Celebrates Honors, Expansion, Remodeled Stores

VANCOUVER, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 11, 2006 -- Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza is celebrating its 25th anniversary! And the chain has a lot to celebrate, including two prestigious awards, international expansion and remodeled stores.

Two awards recognized Papa Murphy's as an outstanding pizza chain. Consumers voted the company "Best Pizza Chain in America" for the fourth year in a row in Restaurants & Institutions magazine's annual "Choice in Chains" survey. Voters rated eight attributes including value, quality, variety, service and convenience. In addition, Pizza Today named Papa Murphy's "2006 Chain of the Year," recognizing the company for making strides in areas including unit and same-store sales growth, marketing initiatives, leadership, menu development and store design. Papa Murphy's, which also won in 2001, is the first two-time recipient of the award.

"We are proud of our 2006 accomplishments," says John Barr, chief executive officer. "It's an honor that the pizza industry and -- most importantly -- consumers are recognizing and rewarding Papa Murphy's. Our ability to offer high quality and great value to our customers is directly linked to the outstanding operators who represent our brand in their stores every day."

The awards aren't the chain's only exciting accomplishments this year. The first international Papa Murphy's location opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, this summer, and five more will open in Canada by year-end. Finally, over 90 percent of the chain's units are being updated with a new look that includes warmer interior colors, a new make-line system and menu boards, and self-service merchandising of add-on products.

Headquartered in Vancouver, Wash., Papa Murphy's has deep roots in the Pacific Northwest and a strong following in the Great Plains and parts of the Midwest. The company continues to expand its footprint, with new stores opening in Texas, Tennessee, Michigan, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio and Kentucky.

About Papa Murphy's: Papa Murphy's International is the sixth-largest pizza chain in America and pioneered the Take 'N' Bake pizza concept. With nearly 1,000 locations in 30 states and Canada, the Vancouver, Wash.-based company offers custom-made pizzas featuring high-quality fresh toppings generously layered on pizza dough that is made fresh each morning in each store. Papa Murphy's pizzas are baked at home in customers' ovens for a piping hot, delicious meal whenever they want it. In addition to handmade pizzas, the company offers a growing menu of Take 'N' Bake items, including cheesy bread, lasagna, chocolate chip cookie dough, dessert pizzas and cinnamon rolls, as well as freshly made salads. For more information, visit

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