Hunt Brothers Pizza
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Hunt Brothers Pizza is an American food chain located in convenience stores, gas stations, country markets, sports arenas, and schools. It has more than 7,000 locations in 29 states.
Hunt Brothers Pizza was established in 1990 and is based in Nashville, Tennessee, although its roots go back to 1962 when four brothers from Evansville, Indiana – Don, Lonnie, Jim and Charlie Hunt – began a local wholesale food route named Pepe's Pizza, which distributed par-baked pizza crusts and other pizza items to restaurants, taverns, bowling alleys and drive-in theaters. The Hunt brothers grew up working in their father's restaurant.
Hunt Brothers Pizza program was developed for convenience stores as food service destination within each store. The program has no franchise fees, royalty fees or advertising fees and offers marketing support to bring in a profit, a simple prepared consistent pizza as well as customizable point of sale presentations that complement the location’s existing footprint.
The company stresses a culture of faith with a strong sense of giving back by helping families recover from natural disasters, working with churches and school groups, and offers an organized fundraising program to help their customers raise money for local organizations.
Hunt Brothers Pizza has built a strong presence in the NASCAR community, partnering with JR Motorsports, Kevin Harvick Incorporated, and Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014. The brand first became involved with NASCAR as a team partner in 2008, where the company sponsored Haas CNC Racing, the predecessor of Stewart-Haas Racing. Hunt Brothers Pizza aligned with Harvick in 2009.
Hunt Brothers Pizza will serve as an associate sponsor of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team of Stewart-Haas Racing, and will be the primary sponsor on Harvick’s No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet for four races including appearances at Texas Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway.
A. J. Allmendinger drove the No. 44 Hunt Brothers Pizza Dodge in five Sprint Cup Series races for Richard Petty Motorsports in 2009. The partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports continued in 2010 when Elliott Sadler drove the No. 19 Ford in six Sprint Cup races.
As a primary sponsor for Kevin Harvick Incorporated in three 2011 Camping World Truck Series races, Kevin Harvick drove the No. 2 Hunt Brothers Pizza truck to a first-place finish at the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway and the WinStar World Casino 350k at Texas Motor Speedway. Harvick will drive with Hunt Brothers Pizza sponsorship in the Nationwide Series in 2014 for the JR Motorsports No. 5.
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