Pizza Hut Delivery eyes 40 new sites through partnership with hotel operator

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Hotel operator Nine Group has expanded its presence in the quick service restaurant space by taking on 31 existing Pizza Hut Delivery and Express Huts.

The company also plans to open 40 new Pizza Hut locations across the UK over the next three years, creating 800 jobs in the process.

The first new site is due to open in Dudley as a Pizza Hut Express in December.

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The partnership is another step towards Pizza Hut Delivery’s significant growth plans in the UK and Europe.

In November 2020, Pizza Hut Delivery announced plans to open 125 new locations over a three-year period – creating around 2,000 additional jobs.

Pizza Hut has operated as a franchisor in the UK since 1973. This year, the company launched the Beyond Meat meat-free range as well as the roast dinner pizza. It continues to respond to consumer demand with options including lower-calorie flatbreads as well as providing calorie information on the website.

During the height of lockdown in 2020, Pizza Hut Delivery UK delivered more than 565,000 additional meals than in the same period in 2019.

Sales continued to grow and Pizza Hut Delivery saw double digit year-on-year sales growth in the second half of 2020, with revenues continuing to grow throughout 2021.

Vivek Chadha, managing director of Nine Group, said: “This partnership gives Nine Group the chance to diversify into an area which has seen significant growth during the pandemic and we are thrilled to be working with Pizza Hut; benefiting from a strong brand with a heritage of innovation.

“Nine Group will be responsible for operating the Pizza Hut Delivery and Express Huts across London and we will concentrate our plans to expand the network further across London and the South East. We are eager to embrace the multi-channel strategy of Pizza Hut Delivery, giving the customer what they want, how they want it.”

“At Nine Group our experience in hospitality has taught us the value of being part of the communities we operate in and we welcome the opportunity to provide extra jobs and build teams.”

Neil Manhas, general manager at Pizza Hut Delivery in the UK, said: “We are so excited to be partnering with Nine Group to grow our business, create opportunities for our Team Members and continue investing in our brand.

“They have a great track record of success in the hotel business and their growth mindset and commitment to customer excellence makes them well-placed to continue to grow with Pizza Hut Delivery.

“This partnership is a testament to the growth we have seen this year, as well as the incredible work of each of our team members who have brought us through a challenging 18 months, and I cannot thank them enough for their hard work.”

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