FRANCHISING | Staff Reporter, UK

Pizza Hut Delivery to add 125 stores over three years

It has plans to create around 2,000 new jobs as part of its growth strategy.

The delivery business of Pizza Hut in the UK is looking to expand its footprint by adding 125 more locations in a three-year period, citing a surge in takeaway orders during lockdown.

The chain is currently recruiting for the roles and has plans to create around 2,000 additional jobs.

“We were already on this strong growth trajectory but clearly the pandemic has accelerated the jump in demand,” Pizza Hut Delivery general manager Neil Manhas told the PA news agency.

“Last year, we invested into our platform and that has made a huge difference. At the start of the year we were performing really well and it jumped up another gear when the lockdown started.

“It was a very fortunate challenge to have and we adapted quickly but we’ve seen a growth in demand that we are still reacting to. That’s why we are continuing to grow our team quickly.”

The group said it reported double-digit growth in like-for-like sales in the third quarter, compared to the same period last year, delivering £206.1 million in sales from the start of the year to October.

In contrast, Pizza Hut Restaurants cut 450 jobs and shut 29 sites in September to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus, part of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) restructuring process.

“We will always support the restaurant business and hopefully they have a really strong platform for next year,” Manhas said.

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