Big John

BUSINESS: Big John LOCATION: Fenton Road, Flint, Michigan USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: Apparently the bathrooms are really ADA compliant. PHOTO: Michael Pfaendtner    

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Subway/Tank Aquariums

BUSINESS: Subway/Tank Aquariums LOCATION: Pacific Highway, Belmont, NSW, Australia USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: Because two bad conversions are better than one! Plus that fresh-baked-bread mixed with fish food smell is so hard to resist. PHOTO: Stew Raper

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Rumors

BUSINESS: Rumors LOCATION: Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, Tennessee USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: Actually, it seems this rumor is all too true. PHOTO: Ernest Paik

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Tan Hut

BUSINESS: Tan Hut LOCATION: Winston-Salem, North Carolina USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: Disturbing military marching feel to the name almost makes me not feel like tanning? PHOTO: Derek Lidbom

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Church’s Fried Chicken

BUSINESS: Church’s Fried Chicken LOCATION: Merrill Road, Jacksonville, Florida USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: Giant yellow signs so distracting you may have momentarily forgotten about pizza. PHOTO: Tommy Higgins

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American School of Jewelry

BUSINESS: American School of Jewelry LOCATION: Sunrise, Florida USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: Truly a diamond in the rough! PHOTO: Chris & Allison Atkinson

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Enterprise

BUSINESS: Enterprise LOCATION: Auburn, AL USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: When they pick you up, see if they can bring a pizza. PHOTO: David Thornton

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Tipico’s

BUSINESS: Tipico’s LOCATION: Dallas, Texas USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: It’s a surprise to many, but all authentic roadside food stands in Sonora look just like this. PHOTO: Gary & Aric

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Huntington Learning Center

BUSINESS: Huntington Learning Center LOCATION: Union Road at Orchard Park Road, Orchard Park, New York USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: If you want to get high school kids to pay to study for the SAT, you could

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Orlando’s Mexican Grill

BUSINESS: Orlando’s Mexican Grill LOCATION: Clear Lake, Houston, Texas USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: Relied on the trusty “put shutters up and pretend the windows weren’t trapezoids” method. NOTES: Also converted from El Lago Burrito Company PHOTO: Douglas Cudd

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First on Queensway

BUSINESS: First on Queensway LOCATION: Queensway, Prince George, British Columbia USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: It’s truly amazing how versatile the standard Pizza Hut store is. PHOTO: Douglas Koyama

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China Buffet

BUSINESS: China Buffet LOCATION: Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachussets USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: Once again, not even trying to fool anybody. Sigh. PHOTO: Don Small

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Des Moines Police Traffic Unit

BUSINESS: Des Moines Police Traffic Unit LOCATION: Forest Ave, Des Moines, Iowa USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: Oh my god! They turned a Pizza Hut into a Cop Shop! What, there were no abandoned Dunkin’ Donuts stores

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Pineda Tacos #2

BUSINESS: Pineda Tacos #2 LOCATION: Lake Street at Highland, Minneapolis, Minnesota USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: Managed to tear off Pizza Hut lettering only to find it left marks. Then they threw some white paint up top,

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Lick’s

BUSINESS: Lick’s LOCATION: Kingston Road, Toronto, Ontario USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: Put up claptrap shutters to disguise signature Hut trapezoidal windows. But I’m on to them! PHOTO: Liz Clayton

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Oasis Pool & Spa

BUSINESS: Oasis Pool & Spa LOCATION: Canton Road, Marietta, Georgia USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: If they can smooth out the hump in that rooftop, imagine how nice your in-ground calzone-shaped pool will look! PHOTO: David Hornbuckle

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The Hobby Store

BUSINESS: The Hobby Store LOCATION: George Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw, Georgia USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: The Pizza Hut lunch buffet is like a hobby to some, so this is a fairly natural transition. PHOTO: David Hornbuckle

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Exterior Connections

BUSINESS: Exterior Connections LOCATION: Main Street, Woodstock, Georgia USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: “I don’t know that I’d trust a business that does exteriors when they managed to make a Pizza Hut even uglier.” —David Hornbuckle PHOTO: David Hornbuckle

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Scarborough Funeral Centre

BUSINESS: Scarborough Funeral Centre LOCATION: Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut…and before that, a Ponderosa!!! CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: I guess the direct chain from fast food to funeral home is sort of uh, poignant. (Pizza Hut,

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Capt’n Joes Galley

BUSINESS: Capt’n Joes Galley LOCATION: Andrews Road, Murphy, North Carolina USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: The nautical blue paint job is nice, but the, uh, Capt’n’s ideas about apostrophes are truly baffling. PHOTO: Ernest Paik

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Photo of Chinese Hut restaurant

Chinese Hut

BUSINESS: Chinese Hut LOCATION: Kennedy and Ellesmere, Toronto, Ontario USED TO BE A: Pizza Hut, duh! CREATIVE INTERPRETATION: Excellent re-use of the word “hut”. PHOTO: Liz Clayton

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