Pizza Hut announced this week that is closing as many as 500 older U.S. dine-in stores in the coming months, but those in Sherman and Denison are not expected to be impacted.


A story in Food Business News said the purpose of the move is to focus on the pizza delivery market.


A manager at the Denison restaurant said that store will likely not be part of the closings.


“Those are corporate stores and we are a franchise store,” she said.


A manager at the Sherman Pizza Hut location said that she hadn’t heard about any plans to close that store either.


Abby Fulce, the manager at the Pizza Hut location in Whitesboro, said she had not heard anything about that store being slated for closure.


The Food Business News story said the move is expected to strengthen Pizza Hut and U.S. Pizza Hut President David W. Gibbs said the chain’s store count could drop to around 7,000 locations over the next 24 months as they transition into more delivery and take out locations.


“Ultimately we know that the economics of building a modern delivery asset work quite well for us,” said Yum! Brand CEO Greg Creed. “Any area where a store closes, there should be the opportunity for rebuild the store in the area or somewhere near by.”


There are more than 7,000 Pizza Hut standalone restaurants nationwide with about 6,000 dine-in locations and another 1,000 focused on carry out and delivery.


KFC and Taco Bell, both owned by Yum! Brands, are focusing on delivery as well. KFC, which is partnering with Grubhub, now has 2,300 units offering delivery, Creed said, and delivery is now live in 4,500 Taco Bell restaurants in the United States.