The Pizza Hut in Vinton at 303 N K Ave has joined 14 other Iowa locations in closing its doors as the franchise moves their focus away from the dine-in option.
“As part of our restructuring process, we made the very difficult decision to close the Pizza Hut restaurant in Vinton,” Franchisee NPC International said in a statement. “We did not take this decision lightly, and we are committed to providing support to impacted employees. Ultimately, these actions will best position our remaining restaurant business for success. NPC continues to operate many other Pizza Hut restaurants across the country which remain open for business, supported by our 23,000 dedicated employees who are ready to serve our customers.”
NPC International, owners of Pizza Hut, filed for bankruptcy in July and announced 300 of their over 1,200 locations in 27 states would close, a majority of those being shuttered would be dine-in locations. The chain in recent years has been moved away from opening or operating restaurants with dining rooms and focusing on online orders through its website or apps.
Vinton’s Pizza Hut was opened in 1975 and managed by Ryan Tresnak since 1998. The business has enjoyed 17 years in the top 10 percent nationally among Pizza Huts and in 2012 was selected number one in nation for customer satisfaction and profitability according to Tresnak.
“I appreciate the business this community has brought us and have enjoyed being a partner with the community over the years,” Tresnak said. “Please have thoughts and prayers for the employees during this time.”