Nov. 2, 2011
After a contentious legal dispute earlier this year with New Orleans franchisee Lundy Enterprises LLC, which forced the closure of numerous outlets in the Louisiana market, Pizza Hut has since opened eight corporate-owned stores in Baton Rouge, with two more planned by the end of the year.
All of the new locations are delivery/carry-out, according to The Advocate. Under franchise ownership, they were dine-in restaurants.
Shortly after the legal battle erupted, Pizza Hut announced it was making a $10 million investment in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge markets, including the creation of "Model Markets" in partnership with the National Urban League and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans.
Pizza Hut, which is owned by Louisville, Ky.-based Yum! Brands, wouldn't comment on the ongoing legal situation with Lundy Enterprises. The scuffle led to the closure of 44 total restaurants in Louisiana.
Pizza Hut launches Windows app
Also this week, Pizza Hut has launched a new app available on the Windows Phone. According to Phone Arena, the free application is available in the Windows Phone Marketplace, and allows users to find locations and place/pay for take-out orders on their Windows smartphones.
Pizza Hut launched apps for the Android and iOS in May. The new app is currently only available in the U.S.
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