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Posted on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

Papa John's pizza store opens on Ann Arbor's Plymouth Road

By Lizzy Alfs

The downtown Ann Arbor Papa John’s store that closed to make way for a proposed high-rise has found a new home on Plymouth Road.

The 1,500-square-foot pizza store opened at 3395 Plymouth Road in the Plymouth Green Crossings shopping center at 4 p.m. on Monday.


Papa John's opened Monday in the Plymouth Green Crossings shopping center. file photo

“The north side is where the university growth is and new things are happening on that (area) of Plymouth there,” said franchise owner Austin McCurdy.

McCurdy said about 70 percent of the store’s orders are delivery, so he wanted a convenient location with plenty of parking. He said the new location is better for business than the old store on East Huron Street, which closed in September 2012 after a Connecticut real estate firm purchased the property. The firm has since proposed a 14-story student high-rise at the corner of East Huron and South Division.

“Being downtown isn’t really conducive to delivery drivers,” McCurdy said.

McCurdy said some employees transferred to his Papa John’s store on Washtenaw Avenue in Pittsfield Township when the downtown Ann Arbor store closed.

He said he’s also actively looking for space to open a store on Ann Arbor’s southwest side.

“For pizza, our No. 1 demographic is 18-to-35-year-olds…also, the household count is high in Ann Arbor,” he said.

Derek Brown of Quorum Commercial represented McCurdy in the deal. Lisa Loesel of CBRE is the listing broker for Plymouth Green Crossings.

The new store is open 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 4:33 a.m.

I'll stay with Anthony's Gourmet, when I'm in town. Or Pizza Bob' locally, LoL


Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 7:38 p.m.

Does this Papa John's deliver to Domino Farms?

Lizzy Alfs

Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 2:23 p.m.

I wonder how the Papa John's Superbowl coin toss affects business - it's soo many free pizzas! But it seems like a good marketing ploy, even if you only gain a fraction of those people as repeat customers.


Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 3:10 p.m.

Lizzy....that's the idea.I don't really remember the particulars about it but it may increase sales for the game.You also should remember the franchise gets it's percent on sales regardless if the franchisee is making money ( or even loosing money ) or not

Alan Goldsmith

Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 2:17 p.m.

Sorry, no offense to animals but their pizza tastes like dog food. No thanks.

Jack Gladney

Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 4:34 p.m.

That fact that you know what dog food tastes like says more about you than it does about their pizza.


Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 2:14 p.m.

Why would anyone choose Papa John's when Marco's and Jet's is so close by. Jet's 8-corner good.

the major

Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 1:50 p.m.

I'd say its about the worse. How about that good papa romanoes. Now I could support that franchise.


Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 12:31 p.m.

Papa John's is definitely my least favorite of the major pizza chains. Their pizza ranges between barely edible and downright nasty. I always edit their slogan in my head when a commercial comes on: "[Most places have] better ingredients [and] better pizza [than] Papa John's."

Craig Lounsbury

Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 11:06 a.m.


Craig Lounsbury

Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 12:12 p.m.

i have now tdw. ;)


Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 11:23 a.m.

Craig....have you heard the saying? " pizza is like _ _ _ when it's good it's great.When it's's still pretty good "

Craig Lounsbury

Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 11:08 a.m.

there is no such thing as bad pizza in my world. Just some is better than others.


Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 11:04 a.m.

No thanks.