Kirra Pizza Hut forced to close its doors for good

Residents are furious over Council’s decision to discontinue Pizza Hut’s tenancy at the Kirra Beach Pavilion.

A tender process is currently underway to find a new tenant, once Pizza Hut’s lease runs out next month.

The store will close its doors for good on July 14, after leasing the Council site for some 40 years.


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It’s believed Pizza Hut hasn’t made the shortlist for the next tenancy, because Council doesn’t want a fast food restaurant associated with the beachfront location.

The Kirra Surf Club is also upset with the decision made by Council, fearing a new tenant might not back the surf club.

“Pizza Hut sponsor our patrols and give them two meals a day when on duty, the surf club works well with them.

“Our concerns are if something like a micro-brewery or restaurant go in,” Club President Michael Hill told Newscorp.

Councillor Gail O’Neil says Council is currently waiting on a shortlist of potential new tenants, and that the beachfront location of the site has to be taken into consideration.

“Council made a decision to have a look to see what is possible for that site.

“We were looking at something that enhances the iconic areas and the heritage-listed building but council has not taken part in the actual expressions of interest process,” Cr Gail O’Neil told Newscorp.

It’s believed at least 30 jobs will also be cut when Pizza Hut close their doors.