Hunt Brothers Pizza
Number of locations
|7,300 (as of 2015[update])|
Hunt Brothers Pizza is an American food chain located in convenience stores, gas stations, country markets, sports arenas, and schools. It has more than 7,300 locations in 28 states as well as some international United States military bases.
Hunt Brothers Pizza was established in 1991 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. By 1994, the brand had over 750 locations. By 2015, the company had partnered with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service to open five stores on U.S. bases in Germany.
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, which is often in a rural area.
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 is also the official pizza of Eldora Speedway, Bridgestone Arena and the corresponding Nashville Predators, and Minor League Baseball's Nashville Sounds, Jackson Generals, Memphis Redbirds, Lexington Legends and Rupp Arena.
Hunt Brothers Pizza has built a strong presence in the NASCAR community, partnering with JR Motorsports, Kevin Harvick Incorporated and Stewart-Haas Racing. 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 2010.
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 RPM 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.
In 2014, Hunt Brothers Pizza served as an associate sponsor of Harvick and the No. 4 team of SHR, and was the primary sponsor on Harvick's No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet for four races including appearances at Texas, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Bristol. Hunt Brothers Pizza moved with Harvick to SHR's No. 41 Xfinity Series Ford. Hunt Brothers also continued to maintain a presence at JR Motorsports by partnering to sponsor the No. 1 Chevrolet of Elliott Sadler in the 2017 season at Atlanta in March and Kansas in October, as well as two additional races in the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.
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