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Papa John's Founder Appeals to Employees in Fight Against Chain

  • Schnatter writes open letter to pizza chain’s employees
  • Move is his latest bid to bring new leadership to the company
John Schnatter
John SchnatterPhotographer: Angela Weiss/Getty Images for ACM
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Papa John’s International Inc.’s founder, blocked from the pizza chain’s headquarters amid a deepening dispute with the rest of the board, is betting that franchisees and workers will have his back.

John Schnatter, who resigned as chairman last month, took out a full-page ad in the company’s hometown paper, the Courier Journal, to direct employees of the Louisville, Kentucky-based firm to a website he’s launched, called SavePapaJohns.com. Papa John’s has about 120,000 workers worldwide, including those at its franchises.