On a dark early morning, Chris Linville, 46, account manager and delivery driver for Pizza Wholesale of Lexington Inc., founding distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza, makes his first stop to Old Bridge General Store in Salvisa.
After finishing his delivery, Chris talks to Somer Goff, 35, co-owner of Tucker’s Tiki Bar & Grill., about her mother’s brain aneurysm. Chris gets to know his customers on a personal level, having delivered to many of them for years.
Chris Clem, 48, warehouse specialist, loads a freezer truck that is scheduled to leave that afternoon. “They take good care of us here,” he says. “Whatever we need, they get it for us so we are comfortable.”
With the morning business rush in full effect at Mr. Miser Food Mart in Perryville, Chris Linville makes his second delivery. “This store has been family owned since the '70s,” he says. “You don’t see that a lot nowadays.”
First light breaks over the rolling hills of Central Kentucky as Chris smiles out onto the open road in front of him.
Chris Clem, 46, and Cody Honeycutt, 28, both warehouse specialists, work regularly throughout the day in sub-zero temperatures in the cold vault. They are responsible for loading pizzas.
Chris Linville breaks down boxes at Mr. Miser Food Mart in Perryville.. “You form a bond with these store owners when you come in every week, you know,” he says. “You become invested in their lives.”
After finishing his deliveries for the day, Chris plugs in the truck’s freezer battery to keep it frozen overnight.
In one of the larger orders of the day, Chris pushes an overflowing cart of pizzas, toppings and supplies toward the doors of Cornerstone Travel Plaza in Campbellsville.
In a quiet neighborhood in Paris, Erin Hunt Ferguson, 50, president of Pizza Wholesale of Lexington Inc., a founding distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza, stands in front of the garage where her father Jim Hunt started Pizza Wholesale of Lexington Inc. “At first my dad was just giving pizza away to the Paris community,” Erin says. “Now we are giving pizza across many communities.”
Dawn approaches as Chris carries out the final box of his order for Old Bridge General Store, in Salvisa.