Posted on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 at 7:00 am
Pizza Hut will close up to 300 restaurants, most of which are dine-in locations that are not well suited for carryout and delivery. It is easy to see why those locations aren’t doing well, at a time when people are sheltering at home and ordering delivery, and when restaurants in many states are not allowed to have people eat inside the building.
NPC International owns 1,225 Pizza Huts and Wendy’s restaurants in 27 states. On August 17, 2020, ABC News reported that there were 7,000 Pizza Hut restaurants in the United States.
In July of 2020, NPC International filed for bankruptcy protection. More recently, NPC International said, in documents filed in bankruptcy court, that it came to an agreement with Pizza Hut to close hundreds of locations. In the filing, NPC International said that closing stores that were not designed for pick-up or delivery will allow it to invest in smaller stores that can better handle online orders.
Yum Brands, which owns Pizza Hut and many other fast-food brands, said that the Pizza Hut stores that are being closed had underperformed others owned by NPC International, and that closing them would strengthen NPC’s remaining portfolio.
Does your family love Pizza Hut? You might still be able to get delivery if the Pizza Hut near you has been offering it. However, if the nearest Pizza Hut was dine-in only, and was not accepting pick-up orders, you may have a problem. That store may be closed.
Before you plan a pizza night, it would be a good idea to call the Pizza Hut that your family usually visits. If someone answers the phone, it probably means the restaurant is still in business. If it has already closed, you may need to find a Pizza Hut that offers delivery or pick-up orders.