A bit of fun on a Friday: the trademark roof hump of the Pizza Hut franchise store exterior is visible all over North America and the world. With more than 6,000 store locations in the US and nearly that many in 94 countries around the world, the chain’s store look is as familiar to millions as any of the most valuable brands in the world.
But that shape isn’t dedicated to only the pizza and breadsticks. Plenty of other businesses have moved in to Pizza Hut stores once the original franchisee has moved on. It’s a testament to the success of the Pizza Hut brand that the repurposing of Pizza Hut stores — into other restaurants, pawn shops, family practice clinics and many other types of businesses — doesn’t fool us. The recognition is immediate.
That recognition has spawned an irreverent blog called UsedToBeAPizzaHut.com that I had fun flipping through this morning, and I thought I’d share. It’s not the most sensitively-written thing in the English language, but when it comes to a unique look at repurposing of familiar commercial real estate, it’s a hoot.