Bruno's began during the Great Depression as a market opened in Birmingham, Alabama by Joseph Sam Bruno (October 2, 1912 - January 24, 1996), the son of immigrants from Bisacquino, Sicily.
According to the 1983 book Joe: The Fiftieth Anniversary of Bruno’s Food Stores by Pat Dunbar, “the store would have fit into a modern day meat cooler.” The company grew steadily, with ten stores in place during the 1950s, and 29 stores open under the Bruno's name when it became a publicly traded company in 1971. In 1972, Bruno's opened its discount grocery chain, Food World, which was followed by warehouse-oriented Consumer Foods. As Food World and Consumer Foods became more profitable, the old Bruno's stores began to be phased out. Consumer Foods was replaced by Food Fair in 1983, and in 1984 Bruno's opened its first Foodmax stores. The 1980s and early 1990s saw Bruno's as a dominant force, not only in Alabama, but in the Southeastern US. In 1988, Bruno's acquired Piggly Wiggly Southern, which operated stores in Georgia. Sadly, everything changed when Bruno's top executives, including the chairman and vice chairman of the board were killed in a plane crash.
On December 11 of 1991, the nearly $3 billion company suffered a catastrophic blow when their corporate jet crashed into Lavender Mountain in Rome, Georgia killing all 9 passengers: The Chairman of the Board, Mr. Angelo Bruno, his brother, The Vice Chairman of the Board, Mr. Lee Bruno, Mr Sam Vacarella, Senior Vice President of Merchandising, Mr. Edward C. Hyde, Vice President of Store Operations, Mr. Randy Page, Vice President of Personnel, Mr. Karl Molica, Director or Produce, Mrs. Mary Faust, an advertising executive, and two pilots, Mr. John Tesney, and Mr Rob Stamps. The cause of the crash was not released until April 1992 along with the NTSB report citing pilot error as the main cause of the crash. The pilots took off and were flying with instruments only and missed clearing the peak of Lavender Mountain in Rome, Ga, by only 100 feet.
The crash caused a large outpouring of grief among the Birmingham metropolitan community due to the family and the company's well-known philanthropic contributions. The Bruno's Classic, a PGA Seniors Tour tournament which was announced just prior to the crash, was renamed the Bruno's Memorial Classic. Following the crash, the company was never the same and within 4 years it was sold.
With a slightly distressed brim and crown fabric, this hat will add just the right amount of edge to your look. For a quick and easy outfit pair it with your favorite jeans, and a sports tee.
• 100% pre-shrunk cotton twill
• Soft crown
• 6 sewn eyelets
• 6 stitched rows on the brim
• 6-panel unstructured cap with a low profile
• Seamed front panel without buckram
• Adjustable hook and loop closure