OSWEGO — Company officials have announced the impending closure of the Pizza Hut restaurant located on West Seneca Street.
Opened in 1977, Pizza Hut will serve up its last breadsticks, deep dishes and meat lovers pizza on Monday, Feb. 10.
“We are proud to have been a part of the Oswego community as your home town Pizza Hut. It has been a great experience for us,” District Manager Randy Kline said in a press release. “There have been many memories created here. But, over the last several years, our growth in sales has not kept pace with the growth in expenses, and that equation does not provide for a sustainable business.”
Oswego Common Council Vice President Kevin Hill, R-3rd Ward, who represents the area in which Pizza Hut is located, said it’s very unfortunate to see any business in the community close, especially one such as Pizza Hut that has operated for such a long time.
Hill said his thoughts are with the employees who will be affected by the closure, and added it’s important to understand the decision was made at a corporate level.
“We’ve seen similar closures at Tim Horton’s and, most recently, Friendly’s, and this unfortunate situation underscores the importance of supporting the local, independent businesses within our community: businesses that have a stake here, support local causes and contribute to the unique fabric of our city,” Hill said.
DaLand Corporation, which operates the Oswego and Fulton locations along with a dozen other Pizza Hut restaurants in New York, owns the property at 265 W. Seneca Street, according to Oswego County real property records. DaLand purchased the location in 1986 for $250,000 and the property was assessed in 2019 at $625,000.
Hill said the Pizza Hut location is situated on a busy highway in close proximity to SUNY Oswego, and with the recent investments made throughout the community it could be an ideal location for another business.
“I am confident that our city’s economic development team will make this location, as well as the vacated Friendly’s location, a priority for prospective businesses looking to call Oswego home,” Hill said. “Both locations are highly visible to residents and visitors, and it’s very important that our main thoroughfare is thriving to accurately reflect the progress we’re making throughout the community.”
All employees at the Oswego restaurant have been offered to transfer to the Fulton Pizza Hut location, which will remain open, Kline said. A spokesperson for DeLand said the company intends to sell the property but did not elaborate on any potential buyers.
Reached by phone, a manager of the Oswego Pizza Hut store declined to comment on the closure.