The delivery arm of Pizza Hut is set to open 100 more sites in England, Wales and Scotland by 2014 after a £20m investment in the business.
The plans include £4.5m-worth of incentives for franchisees to help them open new stores. The programme offers up to £65,000 support to existing and new franchisees for opening a new store by 30 November 2013.
Mark Fox, managing director of Yum! III (UK), franchise owner for Pizza Hut Delivery in the UK, said: “We are committed to delivering a major investment in growing our UK system, creating significant new opportunities for existing and would-be franchisees. Our investment will increase our marketing spend, drive the outlet numbers, and visibility of Pizza Hut Delivery and create opportunities for franchisees to grow their businesses quickly.”
“It is testament to the Pizza Hut Delivery brand, and our focus on quality and service, that we have seen strong system and same-store sales growth over the past three years. The long-term goal is to establish a solid base of over 700 delivery stores across the UK, with an immediate business focus of delivering an additional 100 stores. We hope and expect the whole system to benefit from this great investment in the Pizza Hut Delivery brand in the UK.”
Pizza Hut Delivery currently has around 300 stores in England, Wales and Scotland, both company-owned and franchise.
Last month, Pizza Hut's 330 restaurants were sold to restructuring investor Rutland Partners, and are now set for a £60m refurbishment programme.
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