Kampala – The American multinational food chain store Pizza Hut officially opened an outlet in Kampala. The store, situated at the upscale Village Mall in Bugoloobi becomes the first of many outlets to be opened in Kampala.
The official launch which was held on Monday 23rd May 2016, was presided over by Uganda’s Minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde. Other guests who graced the occasion were the United States Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah R. Malac, Ministers; Jim Muhwezi (ICT) and Bright Rwamirama (State Minister for Agriculture).
The store launch was preceded by Pizza Hut’s signature pre-launch activities; the ‘7 Days of Giving’ and the ‘7 Nights of Tasting’. These are activities that aim to “Glocalise” the brand by giving out menu samples to members of the local community.
These activities took place in various Kampala locations from May 14-20. When entering a new market, the 7 Days of Giving also serves as Pizza Hut’s Corporate Social Responsibility. Amongst the recipients that benefitted from this activity were two local organizations; Caring Hearts Uganda and Breakdance Project Uganda, both institutions that support and empower underprivileged and disadvantaged youths.
After Kenya and Tanzania, Uganda is the third East African country to have opened a Pizza Hut fast-food store. Plans are underway to open up two additional stores this year.
About Pizza Hat
Pizza Hut is an American restaurant chain and international franchise which was founded in 1958 in Wichita, Kansas by Dan and Frank Carney. The company is known for its Italian American cuisine menu, including pizza and pasta, as well as side dishes and desserts. Pizza Hut has 18,703 restaurants worldwide as of December 31, 2019, making it the world’s largest pizza chain in terms of locations. It is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., one of the world’s largest restaurant companies.
Pizza Hut was founded in June 1958 by two Wichita State University students, brothers Dan and Frank Carney, as a single location in Wichita, Kansas. Six months later they opened a second outlet and within a year they had six Pizza Hut restaurants. The brothers began franchising in 1959. The iconic Pizza Hut building style was designed in 1963 by Chicago architect George Lindstrom and was implemented in 1969.PepsiCo acquired Pizza Hut in November 1977. 20 years later, Pizza Hut (alongside Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken) were spun off by PepsiCo on May 30, 1997, and all three restaurant chains became part of a new company named Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc. The company assumed the name of Yum! Brands on May 22, 2002.