Biz Highlights: Props Opens Soon; Papa John's Is Coming

Also, a Watsonville-based janitorial company rated high in listing of fastest-growing businesses.

There are business developments in Watsonville every day. Here are some recent highlights:

  • Watsonville Airport staff told Patch that plans to open Monday, Aug. 27. The new airport restaurant was slated to start serving customers earlier in the summer, but got hung up in some red tape. That's all behind owner Andrew Crocker now and Props should open next week. There even is a planned for Thursday, Aug. 30.
  • A new Papa John's under construction in the Pajaro Plaza shopping center at Main Street and South Green Valley Road. No word yet on the date the pizzeria will open, though the Register Pajaronian has reported it should be befoe the end of the month. When the restaurant does start baking pizzas, it will be the first Papa John's in the county. 
  • , a janitorial service in Watsonville, made Inc. magazine's list of the 5,000 fast-growing companies in the United States. The company provides cleaning and other facility maintenance services for commercial, industrial and office buildings, and has other locations around the country.  Watsonville's Economic Development Manager Kurt Overmeyer said "they employ a number of people in Watsonville!"
  • opened an office in Watsonville and celebrated with a ribbon cutting earlier this month.
Rebecca Tait August 22, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I went to Props Monday night. It was packed. Nice menu, good fries, friendly service, nice job redecorating.
Cathy P. August 22, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Wasn't there a Papa John's in the shopping center between Kmart and Walgreen's -close to the old Blockbuster - sometime back? For some reason I am remembering them there ... could be wrong. Anyone else remember that? Looking forward to trying Props too.
Myrna Sherman August 22, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Yes, I also remember them in that location.
Tony Govea August 22, 2012 at 03:08 PM
That was Papa Murphy's, where you'd buy the pizza and bake it yourself.
Jacqueline Roque August 22, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Yes, it wad Papa Murphys. I hear Props is already open and hear its delish! Can't wait to try it.
Jacqueline Roque August 22, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Susan O'Day August 22, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Oh Good, I've missed them..
Cathy P. August 22, 2012 at 03:46 PM
@Tony: Papa Murphy's, yes, thanks, I thought I was going senile there for a minute!
Jennifer Squires August 22, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Yes, I've heard there was a "soft opening" but the big day will be Monday. It looks great inside - vintage airplane pieces and some of the original stained glass. The outdoor patio will be awesome, especially for the Air Show.
Erik Orgell August 22, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Can't support Papa John's. I vote with my wallet and Papa Johns is on the wrong side of the aisle.
Cathy P. August 22, 2012 at 05:33 PM
@Erok Orgell: I've read about that too http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/papa-johns-john-schnatter-obamacare-pizza-prices/story?id=16962891
Watzon McWats August 22, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I'm totally willing to pay 14 cents more for a pizza so that more members of my community can have health insurance, but I don't support Obamacare.
Watzon McWats August 22, 2012 at 09:31 PM
With that said, I love pizza but kinda wish the city council would stop approving these big chain fast food joints. So many great small time pizza joints in north county and Monterey, it woulda been nice if that space were occupied by something like a Pleasure Pizza, Giannis, or even Woodstocks (which is a chain, but a fairly small one).
Cathy P. August 22, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I will not be a customer either.
David H. Perez August 23, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Papa John's will not have my business either because of their wacko politics. Besides, Cafe Ella makes much better pizza.
Mark October 18, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I'm a fan of Papa John's. It's good pizza that can be delivered an wont break the bank. Better than Little Caesars.
Rachael October 28, 2012 at 05:50 AM
Rachael October 28, 2012 at 05:56 AM
I am ever so disappointed! I love papa johns pizza! Papa John knows pizza, but here in watsonville it has the name but unfortunately its not papa johns pizza! Their crust looks like dominos with the cheese all over the crust hardly any toppings or cheese. Will drive else where from now on! Who ever the owner is should have named it after them!


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