Pizza Hut to close hundreds of restaurants

Pizza Hut plans to close 500 dine-in stores in the U.S. (Shutterstock/Jonathon Weiss)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Pizza Hut dine-in restaurants are becoming a thing of the past.

One of the countries' largest pizza chains is shutting down hundreds of its dine-in restaurants. The plan is to shift its focus to delivery.

The change will affect about 500 locations, Today reported. There are currently 7,496 Pizza Hut restaurants in the U.S.

“Pizza Hut continues to develop tailored action plans for our largest dine-in markets, while at the same time transforming the estate for a more compelling off-premise focused asset strategy,” Greg Creed, CEO of Yum! Brands, said during a company earning call, Today reported.

Many restaurants are grappling with the decision to ditch dine-in and go take-out or delivery online to save on costs.

Pizza Hut operates 6,100 traditional restaurants in the U.S., while the remaining 1,350 are express stores. While the closures will slash its overall number, the company is continuing to make money.

According to a company report, store sales were up 2 percent last year.