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While college students in Wichita, Kansas, Frank and Dan Carney were approached by a family friend with the idea of opening a pizza parlor. Inspired, the brothers borrowed $600 from their mother, purchased secondhand equipment and rented a small building on a busy intersection in their hometown. With that, the first Pizza Hut opened its doors in 1958. Just a year later, the company incorporated and the first franchise opened in Topeka.

More than 50 years later, Pizza Hut has locations throughout the world serving its specialty pizzas. Pizza Hut is owned by Yum! Brands, parent company of A&W Restaurants, KFC, Long John Silver's and Taco Bell.

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News and Articles About Pizza Hut

Long Seen as Boring, Chicken Is Becoming a Buzz Item for Restaurants
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With a new chicken dish that can be topped like a pizza, Domino's joins the ranks of restaurants that are winging it with chicken.
April 11, 2014 in Franchises
Sbarro, a Food-Court Staple, May File for Bankruptcy as Early as Next Week

Sbarro, a Food-Court Staple, May File for Bankruptcy as Early as Next Week

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If 2014 is the year fast-food pizza dies, Sbarro may be the first victim. According to reports, the chain is preparing to file for bankruptcy.
March 6, 2014 in Franchises
Pizza Hut Sees Giant Interactive Tabletops in Its Future

Pizza Hut Sees Giant Interactive Tabletops in Its Future

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Pizza Hut's high-tech table concept brings a futuristic twist to the pizza chain.
March 4, 2014 in Franchises
Local Pizza Chain Gets Huge Shoutout at Oscars

Local Pizza Chain Gets Huge Shoutout at Oscars

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The Oscars had an unexpected star, thanks to Ellen DeGeneres ordering pizza for some of the biggest names in show business.
March 3, 2014 in Franchises
Pizza for Proposals, Kisses for Burritos: 5 Chains With the Quirkiest Valentine's Day Deals

Pizza for Proposals, Kisses for Burritos: 5 Chains With the Quirkiest Valentine's Day Deals

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Looking for low-cost dates this Valentine's Day? These five chains, including White Castle, Qdoba and Fazoli's, have you covered.
February 14, 2014 in Franchises
Mushy Marketing Ploy: Pizza Hut Joins OKCupid

Mushy Marketing Ploy: Pizza Hut Joins OKCupid

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Lonely this Valentine's Day? Pizza Hut is looking to settle down and has entered the dating market on OKCupid.
February 11, 2014 in Franchises
Why Are These Franchisees Ganging Up Against the Biofuel Industry?

Why Are These Franchisees Ganging Up Against the Biofuel Industry?

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Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell franchisees are joining together on an unlikely issue: our nation's fuel supply.
January 28, 2014 in Franchises
Is This the Year Fast-Food Pizza Disappears?

Is This the Year Fast-Food Pizza Disappears?

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Domino's and Pizza Hut are attempting to compete with fast-casual rookies by upping quality and revamping design.
January 17, 2014 in Franchises
Pizza Hut Wants a Bite of the By-the-Slice Business

Pizza Hut Wants a Bite of the By-the-Slice Business

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For the first time ever, Pizza Hut is selling pizza by the slice in new stores, as well as rolling out digital menu boards and deck ovens.
January 14, 2014 in Franchises
Photos: The Top 10 Franchises of 2014

The Top 10 Franchises of 2014

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These 10 franchises are leading the way into the New Year.
January 6, 2014 in Franchises
Pizza Hut Offers Big Discount to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of the World's First Online Purchase

Pizza Hut Offers Big Discount to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of the World's First Online Purchase

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The pizza chain says the first purchase made online was one of its large pies. To mark the anniversary, it's offering customers an appetizing discount.
January 3, 2014 in Franchises
New Year, New Expansion: McDonald's to Open First Restaurant in Vietnam

New Year, New Expansion: McDonald's to Open First Restaurant in Vietnam

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Despite struggling with sales in Asia, McDonald's will open its first restaurant in Vietnam in 2014.
December 23, 2013 in Franchises
5 Reasons the Fast-Food Worker Protests Are Off Base

5 Reasons the Fast-Food Worker Protests Are Off Base

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No one wants families to suffer, or go hungry or not receive fair pay for the quality of their skill. But that's not what these protests are about, writes Ray Hennessey.
August 29, 2013 in Franchises
Thousands of Fast-Food Workers Strike to Raise Wages

Thousands of Fast-Food Workers Strike to Raise Wages

Restaurant workers in seven cities around the U.S. strike for the right to unionize and $15 an hour wages.
July 30, 2013 in Human Resources
For Franchises, All's Fair in Food and Politics

For Franchises, All's Fair in Food and Politics

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Ben & Jerry's, 7-Eleven and Pizza Hut use the 2012 election as a platform for marketing campaigns.
October 8, 2012 in Franchises
New President, More Overseas Investment on Yum's Menu

New President, More Overseas Investment on Yum's Menu

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The parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell plans new growth in emerging markets like India and China with the management change.
May 1, 2012 in Franchises
Photos: Game On for Pizza Franchises

Game On for Pizza Franchises

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Forget football. Sales of America's favorite food will skyrocket on Super Bowl Sunday. That's good news for these pizza franchises.
February 2, 2012 in Franchises
Photos: The Top 10 Franchises for 2012

The Top 10 Franchises for 2012

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These franchises made their way to the top by giving customers what they want: tasty food, quick service, quality care and non-pointy soap.
December 14, 2011 in Franchise 500
How Pizza Hut Made a Comeback

How Pizza Hut Made a Comeback

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Lower prices and a new restaurant design propel Pizza Hut back into the top 10 on this year's Franchise 500 List.
December 14, 2011 in Franchise 500
Photos: Top 10 Fastest-Growing Franchises

Top 10 Fastest-Growing Franchises

From cleaning services to fast food, here are the companies that are expanding their franchise footprint.
January 28, 2011 in Franchise 500
Fastest Growing Franchises of 2010

Fastest Growing Franchises of 2010

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Check out our list of the systems that outpaced the rest amid a challenging economic environment.
January 24, 2011 in Fastest-Growing
Photos: 2009 Franchise 500 Top 10

2009 Franchise 500 Top 10

Read up on this year's franchise power players.
October 19, 2008 in Franchise 500

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