After more than half a century of serving up pizzas, this Pizza Hut is going dark.
On Sunday, the nation’s longest-running Pizza Hut will close up shop, reports The Topeka-Capital Journal. The restaurant, located in Manhattan, Fla., opened nearly 55 years ago in 1960.
Franchise owner Bernie Butler, who owns the location as well as dozens of others, says the chain had been struggling financially and wasn’t equipped to adapt to changing pizza trends. While he valued the history of the location, he says that the increasing focus on delivery over dine-in was something this Pizza Hut was not designed to handle.
Employees have been offered new jobs at other Pizza Hut locations, reports The Topeka-Capital Journal.
The first Pizza Hut location -- which has since been shut down -- opened only two years before the Manhattan, Fla., location, in 1958 in Wichita, Kan.
Today, Pizza Hut has more than 11,000 locations around the world. However, it has struggled in recent years to keep up with the competition, with a recent menu revamp failing to bring the swift sales growth the brand needs.