Pizza Hut honored for ‘investment,’ new look


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



Pizza Hut in the midst of its huge renovation earlier this year. The business, which opened back to the public on Sept. 1, is now being honored with the Mayor’s Community Appearance Award in recognition of its investment in the community.


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Pizza Hut in Clinton underwent significant renovations this summer, as the nearly 40-year business was gutted and completely rebuilt from the inside-out — and local officials have taken notice.

The renovated business at 129 SE Blvd., Clinton, has been named the recipient of the Mayor’s Community Appearance Award, it was announced Tuesday. Mayor Lew Starling is recognizing Pizza Hut for the addition and renovations the company completed this summer and will present the award Wednesday afternoon at the business.

“The renovation of this business helps improve the appearance of this area of the city,” Starling stated. “I have heard many positive comments about the renovations Pizza Hut has done. We appreciate their longtime service in Clinton and their willingness to continue to invest in our wonderful city.”

The local Pizza Hut was built in 1977 and has served Clinton for nearly 40 years. The four-month revamp began in early May and the doors re-opened on Sept. 1. In all, the project included adding 1,200 square feet to the building’s existing 2,400 square feet, increasing seating capacity by 50 percent, expanding the kitchen and adding a 12-foot buffet for the company’s Wing Street.

There is an entirely new façade, reconfigured and expanded parking and the new interior décor includes collegiate and local sports memorabilia. Other noticeable changes were made to the exterior and overall site, including landscape that city officials said makes the building and site more attractive. The revamped parking lot allows for easier access and more parking, they said.

The Mayor’s Community Appearance Award recognizes citizens and property owners who have significantly improved the appearance of their property and the City of Clinton through landscaping, renovation or new construction projects. Starling accepts nominations and selects recipients at his discretion.

“It’s been awhile since we have done one but we want to make sure we recognize the invest people and businesses are making in our community,” City manager Shawn Purvis said.

Pizza Hut fits the bill.

When told of the award, store manager Samuel Smiles noted the renovation represented a vitally needed facelift for the Clinton mainstay.

“This renovation was a much-needed change for Clinton,” Smiles remarked. “I have seen a great turnout from customers, existing and new. It is fantastic that the city is recognizing the change of Pizza Hut. We are thankful.”

Starling will present the award to Smiles and the Pizza Hut staff today (Wednesday) at 5:30 p.m. at the business on Southeast Boulevard.

The city will place a sign designating the property as a winner of the Mayor’s Community Appearance Award for a 30-day period. Anyone can make a nomination by sending the property owner/business name, address and reason for nomination to the City of Clinton by email City Clerk Elaine Hunt at [email protected] or send by mail at Mayor’s Appearance Award, P.O. Box 199, Clinton, N.C. 28329.

For more information, please contact City Hall at 910-592-1961 or contact City Manager Shawn Purvis at 910-299-4900 ext. 3003.

Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

By Chris Berendt

[email protected]

Pizza Hut in the midst of its huge renovation earlier this year. The business, which opened back to the public on Sept. 1, is now being honored with the Mayor’s Community Appearance Award in recognition of its investment in the community.
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