Hunt Brothers Pizza is celebrating its 7,000th retail location with the addition of the Shamrock Gas and Go in Pottsboro, Texas, to its rapidly growing business family. It is yet another milestone for the nation’s largest supplier of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry.
“We looked at all the other fast food restaurants to put in our facility, but Hunt Brothers Pizza was the best choice—not only because they have the best pizza we have ever tasted, but also because they go above and beyond for their customers,” said Jesse Bassi, owner of the Shamrock Gas and Go. “You can’t go wrong with the decision to put Hunt Brothers Pizza at your facility. Since we’ve added the pizza shoppe, our sales have gone up and our customers love it. It’s fresh and you can’t beat the price.”
The four Hunt brothers had already been in the pizza business 30 years when they developed the Hunt Brothers Pizza business model in 1991. With a new type of frozen pizza crust that eliminated 90 percent of prep time and simplified the cooking process, the brothers offered convenience store owners the unheard-of opportunity to open a turnkey “pizza shoppe” in the middle of the store with minimal floor space.
“We’ve reached this important milestone one store at a time, standing side by side with our partners at each convenience store location and forming personal relationships every step of the way,” said Scott Hunt, CEO of Hunt Brothers Pizza. “We’re out there every day driving traffic through their doors, and that’s why c-store owners are excited to partner with us.”
Today, the company pairs its pizza with an aggressive direct-to-consumer marketing campaign that includes NASCAR sponsorships and sweepstakes partnerships featuring iconic brands such as Realtree, Bad Boy Buggies and Holiday Inn with tens of thousands of dollars in prizes. Hunt Brothers Pizza, which operates in 28 states, charges no franchise or marketing fees to its c-store partners.
“Every person who works with Hunt Brothers Pizza should feel an amazing sense of pride at this accomplishment, from our corporate office and our distribution partners to the c-store owners and employees on the front lines every day selling hot, fresh pizza to hungry consumers. There’s not a single one of you who didn’t contribute to this milestone, and we thank every one of you,” said Hunt.
Every c-store that offers Hunt Brothers Pizza has a dedicated account representative who personally delivers product, rotates inventory and evaluates opportunities to increase sales, Hunt Brothers says. The company also offers free marketing materials, frequent sweepstakes and promotional opportunities, an active social media fan base and a free ongoing training program for c-store employees.