Papa John’s opened its doors in Van Buren today giving folks the chance to order from one of the nation’s most famous chains without having to go all the way to Fort Smith.
If you live anywhere in the River Valley, then you will easily recognize Van Buren. As the second largest city in the Fort Smith region, Van Buren is home to a large number of hungry citizens. Along with a new dining option, Papa John’s is also helping to add a bit of variety to Lower Van Buren, which has been in a dining slump since the closing of Sister’s Bistro in 2014.
So what is there to say about this new location of Papa John’s? Since most people have eaten at Papa John’s at least once in their lives, most of the menu items will seem familiar, however there are a few things that differentiate this location over other Papa John’s locations. First, despite the proximity of Fort Smith and Van Buren, this location is not affiliated with the Papa John’s in Fort Smith. As a member of NWA Pizza LLC, this Papa John’s location is part of a larger group of locations that spread out as far north as Mountain Home, as far east as Searcy and as far South as Hernando, Mississippi.
The second is the delivery radius. Most pizza places have limited delivery radiuses in order to ensure that customers receive a fresh product in a timely manner. That is why most cities have multiple locations of Papa John’s and other similar chains. While this location could easily limit the delivery radius to just Van Buren, they extend their range to cover Alma, Kibler and the north side of Fort Smith. While those locations are not on the other side of Arkansas, they are not right next door either. Alma and Kibler are not far but will require an extra five or ten minutes of drive time depending on the time of day. The north side of Fort Smith is the closest location, but serves to illustrate the limitations of the radius of the Fort Smith location.
The last surprising detail is the location of NWA Pizza’s franchise office: in Van Buren. As the newest location in this family of stores, it would have made sense to open their office in the city of their first location. The benefit here is that if a customer has any questions or comments, they do not need to go far for the answer.
Papa John’s is located at 1104 Broadway St in Van Buren. For more information or to inquire about current specials, please call 479-471-7272.
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