Mitchell Pizza Hut one of 11 South Dakota locations purchased by a California based group

Mitchell’s Pizza Hut is one of 11 South Dakota franchises recently sold to a California-based group.

It’s one of more than 900 franchises across the country purchased by San Francisco, CA, based Flynn Restaurant Group LP.

A news release from Flynn Wednesday says they’re the largest franchise operator in America owning brands such as Applebee’s®, Panera Bread®, Taco Bell® and Arby’s®. The latest purchase adds 937 Pizza Hut® and 194 Wendy’s® locations throughout the US.

Pizza Hut® locations in South Dakota included in this transaction are located in: Pierre, Aberdeen, Watertown, Brandon 3 in Sioux Falls, 2 in Rapid City and one in Yankton.

Flynn’s news release says it will nearly double its restaurant count as a result of this deal, now owning and operating a combined total of 2,355 quick-service, fast casual and casual dining restaurants, generating $3.5 billion in sales and employing 73,000 people in 44 states. Flynn’s subsidiaries include the largest Applebee’s franchisee, the largest Arby’s franchisee, the second largest Panera Bread franchisee and the third largest Taco Bell franchisee, which are now joined by the largest Pizza Hut franchisee and the fifth largest Wendy’s franchisee.