Pizza Hut

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.

Pizza Hut is ranked #10 on Entrepreneur's 2013 Franchise 500® listing.

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

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.
Kate Taylor
Pizza Hut Sees Giant Interactive Tabletops in Its Future
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Pizza Hut Sees Giant Interactive Tabletops in Its Future

Pizza Hut's high-tech table concept brings a futuristic twist to the pizza chain.
Kate Taylor
Local Pizza Chain Gets Huge Shoutout at Oscars
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Local Pizza Chain Gets Huge Shoutout at Oscars

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

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

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

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

Domino's and Pizza Hut are attempting to compete with fast-casual rookies by upping quality and revamping design.
Kate Taylor
Pizza Hut Wants a Bite of the By-the-Slice Business
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Pizza Hut Wants a Bite of the By-the-Slice Business

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.
Kate Taylor
The Top 10 Franchises of 2014
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The Top 10 Franchises of 2014

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

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

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

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.
Ray Hennessey
Thousands of Fast-Food Workers Strike to Raise Wages
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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.
For Franchises, All's Fair in Food and Politics
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For Franchises, All's Fair in Food and Politics

Ben & Jerry's, 7-Eleven and Pizza Hut use the 2012 election as a platform for marketing campaigns.
Dinah Wisenberg Brin