Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has been appointed by Pizza Hut Delivery to expand its delivery and takeaway offering across the UK, providing the unique opportunity to become part of the world’s largest pizza brand.
Following significant increased demand for Pizza Hut Delivery, Christie & Co will assist Pizza Hut in acquiring new sites by converting existing operators to franchisees of one of Britain’s favourite household brands. Through its existing franchise network, Pizza Hut Delivery already has over 600 sites in the UK, 380 of which are delivery and takeaway only locations in the UK.
The company is initially seeking 125 new sites to expand its delivery and takeaway offerings, seeking franchisees in the North East and South West of England in particular. It is looking for either new partners who will share its love for the brand, the product and its customers, or to work with experienced and proven operators who are committed to company growth and who are willing to invest over the short, medium, and long term in all aspects of the business.
Opportunity for growth in the current climate is significant. Demand for delivery has grown during lockdown, with more than half a million more orders compared to the same period in 2019 – a trend we expect is here to stay. For business owners and entrepreneurs alike, working with the support of a global brand like Pizza Hut presents great profit potential and international know-how which can be extended through operational improvements, refurbishments, improved marketing, new store openings and in organic growth.
Neil Manhas, general manager UK at Pizza Hut Delivery, comments, “Pizza Hut Delivery has been a beloved brand in communities across the UK for decades and we’re excited to build on this strength and continue expanding our reach in the UK. Pizza Hut Delivery was designated an essential service during lockdown and continued to operate, successfully feeding the nation during these difficult times and donating over 250,000 free meals to the NHS. We have always played a part in our local communities and we’re delighted to build on this as the demand for delivery services only increases.”
Simon Chaplin, senior director at Christie & Co, who is handling the project, comments, “We are very excited to be working with Pizza Hut in the expansion of its delivery business. We are using our industry knowledge to seek out ambitious entrepreneurs who wish to become part of the Pizza Hut Delivery brand by becoming regional franchisees through the conversion of their own stores. We are sure the support and benefits of being part of such an international operation will be of interest to many as it brings with it a wealth of advantages over the competition and ultimately the opportunity to grow in this fast moving sector.”
Pizza Hut Delivery has similar growth aspirations across Europe, with an immediate focus on priority markets France, Germany and Russia.