Several Pizza Hut locations in the area have suddenly closed.
The doors were closed to the Pizza Huts in Manchester, Dyersville, Independence and Oelwein on Tuesday. Phone calls to each of the locations were answered with this recording:
Pizza Hut says these closures at local locations are permanent.
The company announced this summer that it would close up to 300 locations (mostly dine-in) as part of a deal with its largest U.S. franchisee, NPC International. In early July, NPC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which was caused by coronavirus-related shutdowns, nearly $1 billion in debt and rising food and labor costs.
At least 15 Pizza Hut restaurants in Iowa are closing. Along with Manchester, Dyersville, Independence and Oelwein, one of two Pizza Huts in Dubuque has been closed. According to the website, the other Pizza Huts across the state to close are in Boone, Eldridge, Grundy Center, Iowa Falls, Le Claire, Maquoketa, Newton, Tipton, Urbandale and Vinton.
The Pizza Hut company tells KMCH that team members at restaurants that are closing have been notified and NPC is in communication with its landlords regarding this process. A NPC International spokesperson provided this comment to KMCH:
“As part of our restructuring process, we made the very difficult decision to permanently close the Manchester, Dyersville, Independence and Oelwein Pizza Hut restaurants. We did not take these decisions lightly, and we are committed to providing support to impacted employees. Ultimately, these actions will best position our remaining restaurant business for success. NPC continues to operate many other Pizza Hut restaurants across the country which remain open for business, supported by our 23,000 dedicated employees who are ready to serve our customers.”
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