COVID shutdown doomed Pizza Hut

Mark Gutman/Daily NewsThe former Pizza Hut in Batavia closed last week. It’s among 17 locations which were shut down across Western New York.

BATAVIA — The COVID-19 shutdown is being cited in the decision to close the city’s Pizza Hut restaurant.

The rooftop sign was removed last week from the building at 412 East Main St. Crews were also observed clearing out the location.

Officials at Yum! Brands — the corporation that owns the Pizza Hut brand — said the building’s owner had decided not to reopen.

“As a result of 17 Pizza Hut dine-in restaurants in Western New York initially closing temporarily due to COVID-19 restrictions, the local franchisee made the decision to permanently close these stores,” the company said in a statement. “However, Pizza Hut has new franchisees coming into the New York region, and we are hopeful we will be able to serve our customers in this area again in the future.”

The most recent closures affected dine-in Pizza Hut locations across Western New York and the Southern Tier. They included other nearby franchises in Lockport, Yorkshire, Olean, Hornell and the Buffalo area.

The Pizza Hut in Geneseo closed in April. Similar reasons were cited.

The Batavia location had been open since the mid-1970s.

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