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8 Charlotte businesses that clearly used to be Pizza Huts

You know the signs: Rectangular building, square (or trapezoidal) windows, a bright red roof hanging out over the edges, then sloping up into a peak that runs the length, like a little red hat. (Or, as someone else put it, the “camel hump.”)

Pizza Huts look different (read: boring) now, but ones built in a certain era have a distinctive, dare I say iconic, look (see above).

And many of them are now inhabited by different businesses, from restaurants to used car dealers to cell phone stores. There’s a whole blog devoted to this phenomenon.

We tracked down eight businesses in Charlotte that inhabit old Pizza Hut businesses and a couple of them may surprise you. (Hint: One’s on Montford and the other is on Central.)

(Huge thanks to Steve Harrison for tracking many of these down and taking photos.)

(1) Hibachi Grill, Independence Boulevard

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(2) The Auto Team, Wilkinson Boulevard

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(3) Moosehead Grill, Montford Drive

(This one that might surprise you. Surprised the heck out of me.)

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(4) Metro PCS, Freedom Drive

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(5) Wing Heaven, South Boulevard

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(6) Krazy Fish, Central Avenue

(This one also surprised me. Creative use of space.)

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(7) Carolina Auto Imports, North Tryon Street

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(8) Koishi Sushi, Sharon Amity Road

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Find them for yourself:

Did we miss any? Shoot us an email if you know of others.

Photos: Charlotte Observer file; Steve Harrison; Corey Inscoe

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