Pizza Hut shuts shop for the last time

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Pizza Hut in Perth closed down un­ex­pect­edly over the week­end.

The chain restau­rant based on the city’s Scott Street has shut up shop for the fi­nal time.

Signs out­side the restau­rant have since been re­moved and the win­dows cov­ered up.

A poster has been dis­played in the win­dows, say­ing Perth res­i­dents will now have to travel“a short drive”to ei­ther the Kingsway Re­tail Park in Dundee or Springk­erse Re­tail Park in Stir­ling to en­joy a Pizza Hut meal.

The Dundee restau­rant is 21 miles away, and the Stir­ling out­let is over 35 miles away.

A spokesper­son for Pizza Hut Restau­rants said:“We con­tin­u­ally eval­u­ate the lo­ca­tion of our restau­rants to en­sure they are in the best pos­si­ble ar­eas to meet con­sumer de­mand, and have de­cided to close our restau­rant in Perth af­ter the lease came to an end.

“We are con­tin­u­ing to sup­port our team mem­bers and al­ways en­deav­our to re­lo­cate staff where pos­si­ble.

“Our pop­u­lar Dundee restau­rant is lo­cated around half an hour away where con­sumers can con­tinue to en­joy their favourite piz­zas with us.” Cllr Eric Drys­dale, who rep­re­sents the city cen­tre at Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil, said:“This is an­other sign of how dif­fi­cult trad­ing is in our city cen­tres, not just in Perth.

“I am pleased the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is pro­posed a £50 mil­lion town cen­tre fund as part of its 2019/20 bud­get to seek to ad­dress is­sues af­fect­ing town cen­tre, but it is a real con­cern when an in­ter­na­tional busi­ness such as Pizza Hut is strug­gling to make ends meet in Perth city cen­tre.

“We know there are other restau­rants in­tend­ing to come to Perth, so hope­fully they will fill the gap.”

Pizza Hut rec­om­mends peo­ple travel to Dundee or Stir­ling for their pizza. And, left, the shut off premises on Scott Street

“A short drive”

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