Dining: Pizza Hut restaurants in Cartersville, Calhoun, Rockmart now part of GPS Hospitality.

Dining: Pizza Hut restaurants in Cartersville, Calhoun, Rockmart now part of GPS Hospitality.

GPS Hospitality, a rapidly growing franchisee with more than 400 Burger King and Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen restaurants in 11 states, announces the next major step in the organization’s growth: the acquisition of 75 Pizza Hut restaurants in Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee, bringing the grand total of GPS’ footprint to 13 states.

Among those purchased are Pizza Hut restaurants in Cartersville, Calhoun and Rockmart.

“Pizza Hut is a mature and beloved brand with dominance in the space,” said GPS Hospitality CEO Tom Garrett. “Not only does the brand see value in investing in its people, but also positioning itself as an industry leader with its recent NFL sponsorship, plus innovations with its app and delivery offerings. Our partnership with Pizza Hut is a deliberate move to align ourselves with a brand that reflects our values and business sensibilities. The addition of the third brand and expansion into new territories are major milestones for our company.”

GPS Hospitality is also excited to announce the addition of Kent Dawdy as Vice President of Operations to spearhead this new division within the company. Dawdy has more than 30 years of experience in the QSR industry, including more than 20 years with Arby’s. Most recently, he worked with Atlanta-based Sterling Restaurants which operates Shane’s Rib Shacks and Moe’s Southwest Grills.

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