3 Pizza Huts close in Minnesota after franchisee files for bankruptcy

Nearly 90 Pizza Hut stores remain open across Minnesota.
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Three Pizza Huts have closed in Minnesota not long after a franchisee said it would close 300 stores across the country.

The stores that are closed are in Breckinridge, Fergus Falls and Worthington, according to Pizza Hut's website, leaving nearly 89 Pizza Huts that are still open across Minnesota. 

Last month, NPC International Inc., the largest Pizza Hut franchisee in the country, said it would close up to 300 of its 1,227 stores after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July. The majority of locations NPC International plans to close are dine-in locations.

"We have continued to work with NPC and its lenders to optimize NPC’s Pizza Hut restaurant footprint and strengthen the portfolio for the future, and today’s joint agreement to close up to 300 NPC Pizza Hut restaurants is an important step toward a healthier business," Pizza Hut said in a statement provided to Fox Business last month.

"Consistent with Pizza Hut’s previously announced transition to a more modern delivery, curbside and carryout-focused asset base, a substantial majority of the NPC Pizza Hut locations to be closed are dine-in locations," the statement read.

NPC International had at least five franchises in Minnesota - the three that closed, as well as stores in Moorhead and Detroit Lakes. As of now, those two shops are listed as open on Pizza Hut's website.

The first Pizza Hut opened in 1958 and has grown to more than 18,000 restaurants in over 100 countries, with its owner, Yum Brands, calling it the largest pizza company in the world.

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