Pizza Hut serves the most locations of any pizza chain in the world. The American restaurant chain operates over 16,700 restaurants in more than 100 countries. Yum! Brands, Inc, owns Pizza Hut. Although the company was established in Wichita, Kansas, it is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
The headquarters of Pizza Hut is located at 7100 Corporate Drive, Plano, Texas. In 2015, the company began an expansion program of its West Plano campus to add a further 75,000 sq ft. The addition of two buildings enabled the company to accommodate the growing business after revamping its image a year before.
History Of Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut was established in 1958 as a single outlet by brothers Frank and Dan Carney while undertaking their studies at Wichita State University. After six months, they opened a second restaurant, and within a year, they operated six outlets. In 1959, the brothers decided to franchise the business while maintaining its distinct identity. Pizza Hut adopted the unique building design in 1969. In November 1977, PepsiCo acquired the company. A Pizza Hut restaurant in Aggieville, Manhattan Kansas, was the company's oldest outlet until it closed in 2015. The franchise operates outlets in North America, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and South America. It operates as YUM! in India and China. Pizza Hut was among the earliest American franchises to operate in Iraq. In November 2014, the company announced plans to rebrand in a bid to increase sales that had declined over two years. Several changes were made to the menu, including the addition of pizza flavors. In June 2019, Pizza Hut reported that it would re-adopt the "Red Roof" logo it had dropped in 1999. In August 2019, the company announced plans to close 500 dine-in restaurants in the United States by mid-2021.
Just as the name suggests, pizza is the dominant product of Pizza Hut. In North America, the company sells several varieties of pizza, including the stuffed crust pizza it has sold for the past 15 years. There are regional preferences in products with Southeast Asia preferring the baked rice dish known as Curry Zazzle. In 2001, the company developed a special pizza for astronauts in the International Space Station. Despite its success in the early stages and throughout the 1990s and 2000s, the chain has witnessed a decline in profits. In 2015, it pumped additional capital to outlets in London, including the installation of cocktail bars. In January 2019, the company announced plans to expand beer delivery across the United States.