Papa Murphy’s Franchise FAQ

Answers to the most commonly asked questions about joining the Papa Murphy’s family

Are you interested in opening a Papa Murphy’s franchise in your community? We’re looking for passionate and experienced entrepreneurs to join our operating family.

Here are some answers to common questions about the Papa Murphy’s franchise opportunity. If you have any additional questions or want more information about our brand, simply fill out an application on this site and a member of our team will reach out to you shortly. We can’t wait to learn more about you!


What is a Papa Murphy’s Pizza Franchise?

Papa Murphy’s is a take-and-bake pizza company based in Vancouver, Washington. It began in 1995 as the merger of two local take-and-bake pizza companies: Papa Aldo’s Pizza and Murphy’s Pizza. The company and its franchise owners operate more than 1,300 outlets in the United States, Canada and UAE.


What Does Take-and-Bake Mean?

It means no ovens, freezers or dine-in, which provides lower investment costs and allows franchise owners to focus on building customer relationships by creating the best pizza ever.


What is Papa Murphy’s looking for in a franchise owner?

Besides the financial ability to open a Papa Murphy’s, a variety of attributes make the ideal Papa Murphy’s franchise owner: solid business acumen; experience with leading a team with a variety of backgrounds; a service mindset; a passion for pizza; a commitment to day-to-day operations management full time; someone who understands and appreciates the value of a proven system; and someone with an outgoing personality who loves building relationships throughout the community.


How do I qualify financially?

A minimum net worth of $350,000 and at least $125,000 in liquid capital is needed to get started on a path to owning a single Papa Murphy’s franchise. Assets that qualify as liquid include cash and investments that can be accessed (stocks, bank accounts, eligible retirement, etc). Less common assets such as jewelry, art, and collectibles would require a professional appraisal to qualify as net worth.


How much is the total investment for a Papa Murphy’s?

Costs vary greatly due to store size, age of the building and regional restrictions. However, average initial investments range from $286,919 to $524,205 as stated in our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).


Is financing available?

Yes, through third party lenders. Papa Murphy’s works with several lenders that offer a variety of financing options to provide franchise owners with the funds they need to open their first location or expand their existing network of stores.


What is the franchise fee?

The initial franchise fee is $25,000.


What are the royalty and ad fund costs?

The royalty fee is 5% of weekly net sales and the brand marketing fee is 2% of weekly net sales.


How large of a space do I need?

A typical store size is approximately 1,200 to 1,400 square feet.


How many employees do I need?

On average, our franchise owners oversee a staff of 12-17 employees, consisting of 3-5 crew members per shift, depending on the size and volume of the store.


Is there training and support?

Our new owner training program offers a comprehensive course (4-6 weeks) that includes hands-on experience in a franchise-owned store and five days of class training in our Support Center in Vancouver, Washington. Our training and development team also offers continuous training sessions and online guides for owners, managers and store crew members.

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