|The former Pizza Hut on Collier Road now stripped of its signage & branding|
Pizza Hut continues to ditch its "huts."
Pizza Hut has closed its freestanding location on Collier Road, one of the oldest in metro Atlanta.
This location had been open for over 40 years, yet it had only ten yelp reviews with a whopping 1.5 stars. By comparison, nearby Antico Pizza has been open since late 2009 and has over 1,750 yelp reviews with a 4.5 star rating. (For what it's worth, Yelp launched in 2004.)
The Collier Road Pizza Hut reportedly discontinued dine-in service over a year ago, and was only offering take-out and delivery.
NPC International is the largest Pizza Hut franchisee in the country with some 1,250 locations in 28 states. While not owned by NPC International, Pizza Hut Collier Road's closure follows NPC moves across the country in closing / consolidating freestanding restaurants in favor of smaller, take out / delivery only locations.
Among the local Pizza Huts that have converted from "huts" to inline locations are restaurants in Decatur, Tucker, Roswell, Buckhead, and Avondale on Memorial Drive, among others.
In Decatur, the former Pizza Hut at 2641 North Decatur Road in an outparcel of Suburban Plaza today operates as Cozy Burger Town. Sadly though, CBT will soon be demolished for a new Starbucks. Pizza Hut relocated to a smaller center at the corner of North Decatur Road and Church Street.
In Tucker, Pizza Hut previously had an outparcel location in Briarcliff Village. After moving to a small space less than a mile away, the old Hut was demolished and rebuilt as a Chipotle Mexican Grill. Pizza Hut relocated to small space about a half mile away on Henderson Mill Road, across from Northlake Mall.
In Roswell, (8514 Holcomb Bridge Road) the former Pizza Hut is today a Verizon Wireless.
In Buckhead, (2608 Piedmont Road) the former Pizza Hut was demolished and rebuilt as a Chase Bank.
In Sandy Springs, (5670 Roswell Road) El Taco Veloz now occupies what is clearly a former Pizza Hut.
At 3530 Memorial Drive near the old Avondale Mall, Pawn Mart occupies a former Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut relocated to a small, inline space across the street in Belvedere Plaza.
Amazingly, a few Pizza Hut restaurants still exist in their original "hut," albeit remodeled, form.
A standalone Pizza Hut continues to operate at Northeast Plaza on Buford Highway, as does another on Peachtree Industrial (Boulevard) in Chamblee.
What has become of your local "hut?" What would you like to see open in the former Pizza Hut on Collier Road? Among fast options like Papa John's, Domino's and Pizza Hut, which is your favorite?
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