Business down at Virginia Papa John’s amid fallout from founder’s slur

    Alexandra Cline at the Richmond Times Dispatch reports that a Virginia Papa John’s franchiser with 21 locations in Richmond, Hampton Roads and Charlottesville is taking steps to distance itself from its corporate parent after the pizza company’s founder used a racial slur in a conference call.

    “We’re of all walks and creeds,” Matt Sanders, a partner at PJ Cheese, told the paper. “We don’t support nor condone [Schnatter’s] actions.”

    As for business, Cline reports “it’s had some effect” but “Sanders doesn’t know what the full economic impact will be until the dust settles.'”

    John Schnnater, the chain’s founder, resigned as chairman of the company last week and apologized.

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