Original WSU Pizza Hut moving to Innovation Campus

WICHITA, Kan. (RELEASE) The original Pizza Hut building at Wichita State will be moved to WSU’s new Innovation Campus and turned into a museum dedicated to the history of the world-famous pizza chain.

A $1.2 million campaign has been started by the WSU Foundation to move the 500-square-foot building from its location north of the Newman Center to just south of the Marcus Welcome Center.

More than half of the $1.2 million has been raised, with fundraising efforts ongoing. Most of the funds, about $700,000, will be used to relocate and renovate the building, including replacing its roof with the trademark red roof that used to dominate so many Pizza Hut stores.

Other costs include installation of Pizza Hut memorabilia and video screens to share oral histories of the founding generation.

“The Pizza Hut story is the quintessential entrepreneurial success story for Wichita, and it epitomizes how innovation can lead to success,” says Keith Pickus, WSU Foundation vice president for corporate and foundation relations."

The museum will serve as a way to highlight Wichita’s past and present entrepreneurial history.

From 7:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, until the completion of the Pizza Hut building move, the shuttle buses will not go to Stops 1 and 2, the Welcome Center stop or the Grace Wilkie Hall stop.

The buses will go from Hughes Metropolitan Complex and 17th Street and on to campus at Preferred Health Street and starting at stop 3, Elliott Hall.

The buses will go out on Yale.

The buses will resume its regular schedule when the move in complete, probably late Monday morning.