With up to 300 Pizza Hut locations closing their doors — most of them dine-in locations — there still remains no sign which communities will be impacted by the closures.
Franchisee NPC International said Monday in documents filed in bankruptcy court that it had come to an agreement with Pizza Hut to close hundreds of locations. The Leawood, Kansas, company filed for bankruptcy protection last month.
According to a Pizza Hut spokesperson, no final determinations have been made regarding which restaurants will ultimately be closed, nor on the timing of any closures.
“NPC and Pizza Hut will endeavor to reallocate employee resources to thriving locations at NPC and other Yum! brands locations, wherever possible,” the spokesperson said.
NPC owns 1,225 Pizza Huts and 385 Wendy’s restaurants in 27 states. There are currently 7,000 Pizza Hut restaurants in the U.S.
In its filing, NPC said that closing stores not designed for pick-up nor delivery will allow it to invest in smaller stores that can better handle online orders.
“We have continued to work with NPC and its lenders to optimize NPC’s Pizza Hut restaurant footprint and strengthen the portfolio for the future, and today’s joint agreement to close up to 300 NPC Pizza Hut restaurants is an important step toward a healthier business,” a Pizza Hut spokesperson said. “Closing these restaurants, which significantly underperform the rest of NPC’s Pizza Hut system, will strengthen NPC’s portfolio, resulting in the reallocation of employee resources to thriving locations across the business where possible. Customers of closed locations are encouraged to order from one of the 6,700 Pizza Hut restaurants in the U.S. that continue to serve our iconic products.”