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Papa John's coming to Canton Crossing shopping center

Papa John's coming to Canton Crossing shopping center
Papa John's signage recently went up outside the chain's next Baltimore location — the Shops at Canton Crossing. (Wesley Case / Baltimore Sun)

National pizza chain Papa John’s is the next tenant coming to the Southeast Baltimore shopping center Canton Crossing.

The pizzeria will open inside the former Pie 360 space on Boston Street within the next four weeks, said developer Mark Sapperstein. The space will be split between Papa John’s and a second restaurant Sapperstein declined to name. The latter is not yet ready to announce its plans, he said.

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It has been a tumultuous year for Papa John’s. In July, founder John Schnatter resigned as chairman after reportedly using a racial slur during a conference call in May. The Orioles suspended a promotion with the company in July because of the controversy, but resumed its partnership with Papa John’s a month later.

The Papa John’s website lists 98 stores in Maryland.

The fast-casual pizza place Pie 360 replaced another Italian eatery, Venti-Tre, in 2015, but closed two years later due to lack of sales.

Sapperstein also said Petco will open at the shopping center’s second phase of development in a couple weeks. Currently under construction, the second section of shops is scheduled to include Crunch Fitness, Nordstrom Rack and a Skechers store.

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