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Pizza Hut Franchise Review

Pizza Hut Franchise Review

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User Rating 3 Star Rating (3 Reviews)


In 1958, Frank and Dan Carney borrowed $600 from their mother, purchased secondhand equipment, and “rented a small building on a busy intersection in their hometown of Wichita, Kansas.” There they opened the first Pizza Hut. Today, Pizza Hut is owned by Yum! Brands, Inc., parent company of Taco Bell, KFC, A&W Restaurants, and Long John Silver’s, and is the world's largest pizza restaurant company with more than 6,200 restaurants in the United States and more than 4,000 restaurants in 100 other countries.

Background and Benefits

Pizza Hut has been making pizza for over 50 years, serving up original style pizzas available in a variety of crusts. As America’s first national pizza chain, Pizza Hut has enjoyed continuous growth. At present Yum! Brands is the worldwide leader in Multi-branding, offering consumers choice, convenience, and value by combining two brands under one roof. Multi-brand opportunities still exist across America and offer franchisees a competitive edge as well as many advantages.

How Much Does a Pizza Hut Franchise Cost?

If you have a budget of between $1.3 million to $3 million and a net worth of $1 million with $360,000 in liquid assets, you can be in business within a year, but there are other requirements as well. You must commit to building at least 3 restaurants over 3 years. Pizza Hut is part of an organization that offers tremendous franchise support including advertising, business coaching, training, development, and cooperative sourcing. Performance Improvement Programs and support are also offered to each new franchisee along with 12-16 weeks of required training.

What We Like

Yum! Brands offers the power of multi-branding that includes two National Media Budgets, two Category Leading Brands, and two menus. This can broaden customer appeal, which has the potential to increase the average check size. Field offices are located throughout the U.S. to support franchise and company restaurant operations. Pizza Hut represents a strong brand that has demonstrated economic stability over time. Yum! Brands is committed to franchising with over 80% of our stores owned by independent franchise operators.


  • Ranking - Ranked No. 1 in its category in 2008.
  • Multi-Branding - Yum! Brands is the worldwide leader in Multi-branding.


  • Operations - Can take up to 46 weeks to open the first store, but it's probably worth the wait.

Pizza Hut Franchise Information

Business Established: 1957
Franchising Since: 1959
Start-up Cost: $25,000
Total Investment: $1.3MM to $3MM
Net worth requirement: $1M
Cash liquidity requirement: $360K

User Reviews

 1 out of 5
Pizza Hut charged me for 28 hour delivery, Member tch55

I placed an order Monday at 4:30pm. Called back at 6:10pm on status of order, I was told pizza just came out of the oven and was the next order to be delivered. I called every half hour after 7pm but no one picked up. I stopped calling at 9:30pm. I called back Tuesday to ask what happened but got no straight answer. Rather than a refund I got credit. I called back within an hour to place another order hoping to use my credit; instead I was told there were none. I wanted to talk to a manager and had to call four times since I was routed to a call center based in California (I'm located in Minnesota) and I was constantly being hung up on. After numerous calls (still unsuccessful in getting a hold of a manager and being told I had no credit) I was finally able to connect to the Pizza Hut located in Duluth. They found my credit and finally placed my order. It was definitely not worth the 28 hour wait!

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