Second Pizza Hut location headed to E'town

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Location will provide only delivery, carryout services

By Marty Finley

A second Pizza Hut location is expected to open in Elizabethtown later this year in response to rising customer demand.


A drive-thru location specializing entirely in carryout and delivery service is anchoring 907 N. Mulberry St. on existing property across from McDonald’s. Signs marketing the new store have been placed and the restaurant should be open for business before the Christmas holiday, said Rodney Walraven, chief operating officer for the franchise.

Walraven said a second Elizabethtown location is needed because the existing Pizza Hut on Dixie Avenue across from Hardin Memorial Hospital cannot meet demand.

The lagging economy has affected most facets of society, but Walraven said he has not noticed a dip in sales locally.

“Customers in Elizabethtown are just exceptional,”he said.

The carryout and delivery location will give customers a faster and more convenient option nearer Interstate 65 and will improve the overall customer service experience for its regulars, Walraven said. The dining facility on Dixie Avenue will remain open.

“We believe we are not providing the kind of service our customers deserve,”Walraven said.

Walraven said customers will have the convenience of placing their orders online with their smartphones or iPads.

The franchisee Walraven belongs to has around 30 restaurants, including the Pizza Hut locations in Radcliff and Fort Knox and stores in Shepherdsville, Mount Washington and Hillview, he said.

Walraven did not provide an exact date when the second Elizabethtown spot will be available to customers, but he anticipates it employing 25 to 30 people once open. Applications for managers, drivers and team and shift member positions will be available. Applications currently can be made online.

Delivery drivers typically work part-time schedules because they are using the position as a supplemental income coupled with their day jobs to save up cash for Christmas or other needs, Walraven said. Pizza Hut is aiming to cross train employees at the North Mulberry location to handle a wide spectrum of duties. This, in turn, will benefit the workers because they will be guaranteed more hours and be well equipped with additional skill sets, he said.

“We’re looking for drivers who can cook and drivers who can answer phones,” he said.

Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.