Why Pizza Hut Expects to Set a Sales Record on Thanksgiving Eve

Find Your Ideal Franchise

Complete our short franchise quiz to discover the franchise that’s right for you.
2 min read

On Thanksgiving, turkey takes the center stage. However, on Thanksgiving Eve, pizza is the surprise MVP for many families.

The day before Thanksgiving is one of the five busiest days of the year for the pizza industry, as customers seek a convenient meal after a busy day of traveling and holiday preparations. And, with a restaurant revamp that doubles menu options, Pizza Hut believes that this means a record-setting day for the brand.

Pizza Hut anticipates serving more than 1.2 million pizzas today, an increase from last year when the chain sold 1 million pizzas on Thanksgiving Eve. While the most popular pizzas are still pepperoni and cheese, nearly half of the pizzas sold are expected to feature at least one new flavor and/or ingredient, such as sriracha sauce, fresh spinach or pretzel crust.

Related: Inside Pizza Hut's Radical Move to Double Its Menu

“We treat [Thanksgiving Eve] much like the Super Bowl,” says Pizza Hut spokesperson Doug Terfehr. “Early morning team meeting, review of all the new pizzas and specials and plenty of drivers ready to deliver!”

The next big pizza sales day this year is New Year’s Eve. Also making the list of the five busiest days for pizza chains: Halloween and Valentine’s Day. 

Related: For America's No. 5 Pizza Chain, Moms Are the Secret Sauce

More from Entrepreneur
Our Franchise Advisors will guide you through the entire franchising process, for FREE!
  1. Book a one-on-one session with a Franchise Advisor
  2. Take a survey about your needs & goals
  3. Find your ideal franchise
  4. Learn about that franchise
  5. Meet the franchisor
  6. Receive the best business resources
Discover the franchise that’s right for you by answering some quick questions about
  • Which industry you’re interested in
  • Why you want to buy a franchise
  • What your financial needs are
  • Where you’re located
  • And more
Make sure you’re covered for physical injuries or property damage that occur at work by
  • Providing us with basic information about your business
  • Verifying details about your business with one of our specialists
  • Speaking with an agent who is specifically suited to insure your business

Latest on Entrepreneur