Pizza hut returns to Moscow

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MOSCOW--Multinational fast food chain Pizza Hut is returning to Moscow in March with the opening of the first of 30 restaurants planned for the city during the next five years. Some 10 years ago it opened its first two Pizza Hut outlets in Moscow through a joint venture with the Moscow City Council. Last year, Tricon Global Restaurants suddenly announced it wasn't renewing the 10-year contract, and the restaurants closed.

Instead, Tricon has awarded a license to Taiwan-owned Talisfood, which already successfully operates a number of fast food chains in Russia, such as DeliFrance and Coffee Club.

Talisfood General Manager Simon See says Tricon will also open two KFC outlets in Moscow in March. KFC opened a fried chicken outlet in Moscow in 1995, which later closed.

Two Pizza Hut restaurants and one KFC outlet already operate in Russia, all three based in St. Petersburg under a franchise run by New Jersey-based Business Development International.

Copyright January 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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