In September 2014, just under 3 years ago, Pizza Hut, a division of Yum! Brands, Inc and the world’s largest pizza restaurant company entered the African market by opening its first store in South Africa and to date, has just over 190 stores successfully operating throughout the African continent.
In recognition of opening the latest store in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, the Pizza Hut African team, gathered in Florida Road with new franchise partners, to celebrate the beginnings of the Pizza Hut brand in the 3rd major metropolitan region within South Africa.
General Manager of Pizza Hut Africa, Ewan Davenport, who is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, said “We are hugely excited to bring Pizza Hut to KwaZulu-Natal, and continue to add great partners to our African adventure. There has never been a more exciting time to be working at Pizza Hut. We are the most-loved and fastest-growing pizza restaurant company in the world and look forward to continuing to share our high-quality, affordable pizzas, made by our passionate team members with consumers throughout Africa allowing us to become the pizza brand of choice!”
Davenport added, “We specifically did not open up the KwaZulu-Natal region until now as we wanted to grow our existing bases (Western Cape and Gauteng) into more substantial footprints, before expanding into other regions. We are prepped, ready and looking forward to developing Pizza Hut stores all over South Africa”.
Pizza Hut, has more than 16,000 restaurants worldwide and 2016 sales totalling over $12 billion, and is the first and only pizza restaurant company to have location in over 110 countries.
“Pizza Hut fans living in KwaZulu-Natal have been waiting with great anticipation for Pizza Hut to open in Durban. It is an exciting opportunity to bring this world-renowned brand to the Durban consumers. The unique deep pan base, fresh ingredients, and abundance of pizza toppings, confirms there is no doubt that Pizza Hut will be successful in this market”, says Mohamed Patel, Franchisor of Pizza Hut Florida Road. Patel shared his enthusiasm for the partnership by stating “The new Pizza Hut in Florida Road features modern designs and the team are working hard to make it easier for consumers to access this great tasting pizza by accelerating Pizza Hut’s development across Online ordering, Delivery and Carry Out.